In the northern hemisphere, July is one of the hottest months of the year. Summer activities are in full swing, the days are long, the nights are short, and many seek refuge from the heat. Let’s learn a bit more about this seventh month of the year.
The Roman Senate named the month of July was named for Julius Caesar. In the original Roman calendar it was the fifth month and called Quintilis. Two big celebrations occur during July for the North American Continent—Canada Day on July 1 and for the United States, Independence Day on July 4.
“Hot July brings cooling showers, apricots and gillyflowers. ~Sara Coleridge
- The July birthstone is the ruby.
- The flower is the water lily.
- On July 16, 1790, The District of Columbia was established.
- Three former US Presidents died on July 4, the anniversary of our nation’s birth. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died within hours of one another in 1826. James Monroe died five years later in 1831.
- President Calvin Coolidge is the only president to date born on Independence Day. He was born July 4, 1872.
- In addition to the United States, several countries celebrate their Independence during July. They include Belarus, Argentina, Venezuela, Belgium, The Bahamas, and Maldives. Like Canada, France also celebrates a national day during the month.
- July is National Blueberry Month, National Hot Dog Month, and National Ice Cream Month.
- Three states joined the Union in the month of July—New York (by ratification of the constitution) in 1788, and Idaho and Wyoming in 1890.
- The July full moon is known as the Full Buck Moon because it is the month in which the new antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads. It is also referred to as the Full Thunder Moon due to frequent thunderstorms during the month as well as the Full Hay Moon.
- July’s hot days are sometimes referred to as the “dog days of summer.”
- Famous people born in June include the late Princess Diana, former Beatle Ringo Starr, figure skater Michele Kwan, actors Kevin Bacon and Tom Hanks, and NBA star Manu Ginobili of the San Antonio Spurs.
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