July 22 is an essential date in several ways, marking both midsummer and the start of the Olympic Games. Pi Approximation Day and other historic celebrations like International Women’s Day on this same date fall on this date.
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July is the seventh month of the year.
July is the seventh month of the year and is commonly known as the summer months. It is the hottest month in the Northern Hemisphere and the coldest month of the year in the Southern Hemisphere and is named after Julius Caesar. July should also be used as an opportunity to focus on your goals and work toward them; with seven signifying completion and perfection representing divine intervention, this is also a time to align yourself with Him!
July is derived from the Latin phrase Quintillis Mensis, or fifth month. Initially part of a Roman calendar consisting of only ten months beginning from March, it was later moved up in honor of Julius Caesar (450 BCE) to be celebrated as harvest season and celebrated harvests across various cultures worldwide.
Now is an opportune time to assess your life and make changes where necessary. Finding balance can be challenging this month; stay connected with God by maintaining spiritual practices such as daily meditation.
August is the eighth month of the year and follows July in its sequence. It is named for Augustus Caesar (63 BCE – 14 AD), who served as Roman emperor from 54 BCE – 14 AD and also sees harvest and preparations for winter take place this month.
July is the month of Bastille Day.
July 14 is Bastille Day in France, commemorating the storming of Bastille prison during the French Revolution of 1789 as an essential milestone of that eventful and revolutionary year. Celebrated annually since, Bastille Day is marked with military parades, festivals, and fireworks displays, commonly referred to as La Fete nationale (“National Celebration”) or le Quatorze Juillet (“the Fourteenth July”).
French citizens celebrate National Flag Day by picnicking, barbecuing, and gathering with family. Paris hosts an incredible military parade that kicks off at dawn with thousands of troops marching down Champs-Elysees from Arc de Triomphe to Place de la Concorde while aircraft fly above the city displaying the colors of France’s flag – red, white, and blue – until late at night when numerous fireworks illuminate the skies above Paris and mark its center squares.
An impressive fireworks display at the Eiffel Tower at nightfall brings Bastille Day to a spectacular close. It lasted approximately 35 minutes and featured classical music performed by Radio France Choir. Tens of thousands gather around Champ de Mars and nearby to witness this breathtaking event; book tickets early for this must-see spectacle.
Parisians also celebrate Bastille Day with quirky traditions, such as attending a bal des pompiers – or “firefighters’ ball” in various fire stations and unique locations around Paris – offering live music, dancing, games, and fundraising efforts for Paris firefighting services. These events bring people together while raising funds to support Paris firefighting services!
July is the month of Independence Day.
Independence Day in the United States marks the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the Second Continental Congress in 1776 and serves as an annual national holiday commemorating American freedoms – religious, economic, social, and environmental freedoms alike. Family celebrations and picnics with an emphasis on patriotic songs, parades, and fireworks displays take place each July 4. Since 1890, Americans have also used Independence Day to promote political ideas such as women’s rights and abolition. National service projects include volunteering at food banks or cleaning local parks during Independence Day celebrations.
General George Washington made it a tradition for his soldiers to receive double rations of rum on July 4, the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, while Massachusetts became the first state to declare this holiday a public holiday after the Revolutionary War. Political leaders took advantage of celebrations to address citizens and create unity; later in the century, celebrations became national power and patriotism symbols.
Today, Independence Day has become an integral part of American life for families and communities nationwide. Beyond decorating with red, white, and blue colors and attending parades and events to show our patriotism, many attend events such as patriotic music concerts; outdoor celebrations can include barbecues or outdoor concerts featuring patriotic tunes; people also gather with loved ones around barbecue pits across the country and travel across state lines to spend quality family time together; cities and towns of all sizes hold celebrations; Miami annually lights one of its tallest buildings with flag colors while New York puts on spectacular fireworks shows that amaze visitors with amazement!
July is the month of the perihelion.
“Perihelion” refers to the point in Earth’s orbit around the Sun when we come closest, typically in early January (although dates can differ as its orbit isn’t perfectly circular). Conversely, an “aphelion,” when farthest from the Sun, typically occurs around July.
At perihelion, Earth’s northern hemisphere experiences summer while its southern hemisphere experiences winter; therefore, it’s warmer in the north due to land covering it more slowly losing heat than water. Distance from the Sun makes things chillier but much less so than if Earth were closer.
Rosetta will observe the comet and its dust, gas, and plasma environment during its perihelion passage; however, communication signals between Rosetta and Earth may become weaker than usual due to increased distance.
The full moon on July 1 is known as the Buck Moon because this marks when male deer begin developing antlers. This full moon may also be called Hay Moon or Salmon Moon.
July, which follows the Gregorian calendar and was named after Julius Caesar in 44 BC, is an auspicious month celebrating American Independence with many holidays that honor it. July is also known for hosting culinary events and barbecues!
July is the month of the aphelion.
July marks the month when our planet reaches its farthest distance from the sun in its orbit – this point, known as aphelion, occurs approximately two weeks after summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. Even though our planet reaches its furthest distance from the Sun in July, temperatures remain warmer than when nearing closeness on January 4th during its closest point, known as perihelion.
People tend to assume that because it’s summer in the Northern Hemisphere, our planet must be closer to the sun. Unfortunately, our planet’s orbit around the sun does not follow an exact circle but an ellipse-like path; due to this, our distance can shift by up to several million miles throughout the year.
As you take pleasure in the warm July weather, keep an eye out for Mars in the west at dusk and Venus in the east as evening settles – as well as Deneb, Vega, and Altair (The Summer Triangle) when the sun goes down this month in the south – along with Saturn rising as day breaks in the morning!
Joe Rao teaches astronomy classes at New York’s Hayden Planetarium and writes articles for Natural History magazine and Farmers’ Almanac, in addition to writing books on astronomy for children and teenagers. You can follow Joe on Twitter as @joecarao and use this date calculator to see how many days remain until a specific event, such as weddings, birthdays, or any other milestone date.