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Facts about July

July 4th is a day when American's celebrate Independence Day and set off lots of fireworks!
July 4th is a day when American's celebrate Independence Day and set off lots of fireworks! Photo by Noam Galai

July is the seventh month of the year. There are 31 days in July and its birthstone is the red ruby. People who are born between July 1st and July 23rd are considered to be under the zodiac sign of Cancer (the Crab) and anyone born between July 24th and 31st is regarded as a Leo (the Lion).

July 4th is America's Independence Day.
July 4th is America's Independence Day. Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images

July is named after Julius Caesar, the famed Ancient Roman politician, because July was the month of his birth. Until the 1700s, the English speakers pronounced “July” with stress on the “J.” So, back then, July rhymed with “truly.” July is also a word that has influenced many first names. For instance, Julia, Julius and Julian are all names that are based on the word “July.”

In North America July is usually the hottest month with temperatures regularly reaching into the 90s or even over 100 degrees. It is a time when many people go to pools and beaches and seaside locations. Hence, most holiday resorts and amusement parks are swarmed with visitors. July is also one of the months (along with August) when children are out of school for “summer vacation” so many places like Disney World and even local zoos and parks tend to be a lot more crowded. Due to the intense heat, July is a time for sun tan lotion, sun glasses, and it is important to drink a lot of water in order to avoid dehydration.

Summer evenings in July tend to be very long; sometimes there will still be traces of light outside even after 9pm. Thus, people tend to stay outside a lot and enjoy the outdoors during this time of year. July is a prime time for cookouts and backyard parties—especially on July 4th which is Independence Day in the United States of America. July 4th is usually celebrated by eating barbeque and, of course, watching a firework displays either in person or on television.

July is also “National Blueberry Month,” “National Ice Cream Month” and “National Hotdog Month.” In fact, more Americans eat hotdogs in July than any other month!