Fascinating & Wacky Fun Facts About July

July – Fascinating & Wacky Fun Facts!

Hey everyone! It’s officially summertime, and that means lots of fun in the sun. When most people think of July, they think of fireworks, hot weather, and patriotic holidays. Did you know there are some interesting things about July that most people don’t know?

July comes with a lot of excitement. It’s filled with holidays, fun outdoor activities, and plenty of opportunities to enjoy time with family and friends.

Here are some fascinating (and even some wacky) fun facts about July that will help you appreciate this particular month even more!

July – The Month of Julius Caesar

The Romans originally referred to July as Quintilis, which was the month of the fifth season. It was the fifth month of the year until January and February were added in 450 BC. The Latin word for fifth gave it its name.

Later the name was changed to Julius in honor of Julius Caesar, the famous Roman general and politician. Caesar was born on July 12th, and the month was named in his honor after he became dictator of Rome in 47 BC.

In addition, July is the seventh month of the year in our current Gregorian calendar. Another fascinating fact is the realization that the halfway point of a calendar year is July 2nd.  So if you need to reflect on the first six months and wish to do the 2nd six months as the beginning of any new resolutions or goals, July 2nd is the time to do it.  

The month of July is typically considered to be the middle of summer in the Northern Hemisphere.  Alternatively, in the Southern Hemisphere, July marks the middle of the winter season.

Celebration & Other Fabulous Fun Days for Jubilant July

From World UFO Day to International Ice Cream Day to the popular fireworks of the 4th of July celebration, July is full of fun days.  Be sure to go through the entire list as you may see some ‘crazy and wacky’ days mixed in!

July is the Month for Foodies!

Of all the months of the year, July is the month all fellow ‘foodies’ love!  So get your pen and paper out so you can jot down all these ‘delicious July days!’

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July 1

Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day

International Chicken Wing Day

July 3

Eat Beans Day

July 4

Sidewalk Egg Frying Day

July 5 

National Apple Turnover Day

July 6

National Fried Chicken Day

July 7

Chocolate Day

National Strawberry Sundae Day

July 8

National Blueberry Day

July 9

National Sugar Cookie Day

July 10

Pina Colada Day

July 11

National Blueberry Muffins Day

July 12

Pecan Pie Day

July 13

National French Fries Day

National Nitrogen Ice Cream Day

July 14

National Macaroni and Cheese Day

July 15

Tapioca Pudding Day

July 16

Fresh Spinach Day

July 17

National Ice Cream Day  

Peach Ice Cream Day

July 18

National Caviar Day

July 19

National Raspberry Cake Day

July 20

National Ice Cream Soda Day

National Hot Dog Day 

National Lollipop Day

July 21

National Junk Food Day

July 23

Vanilla Ice Cream Day

July 24

National Tequila Day

July 25

Culinarians Day

National Chili Dog Day

July 26

World Tofu Day

July 28

National Milk Chocolate Day

 July 29

National Chicken Wing Day

National Lasagna Day

July 30

National Cheesecake Day

July 31

National Avocado Day

National Watermelon Day

July Celebrations

The entire month of July is a celebration of America’s independence from Great Britain.  The Fourth of July, or Independence Day, is the most well-known holiday in July.  It commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776.

This federal holiday is celebrated with barbecues, picnics, parades, and of course, fireworks.  Families and friends gather together to enjoy food and fun, and to remember the sacrifice of those who fought for our independence.

Other patriotic holidays in July include Canada Day on July 1st, which celebrates the anniversary of Canada’s confederation, and Bastille Day on July 14th, commemorating the French Revolution’s beginning.

But wait, there’s a lot more celebrating to be done this month.  Let’s take a look, shall we!

July 1

Canada Day / Dominion Day 

July 4

Independence Day (U.S.)

National Country Music Day

July 7

Global Forgiveness Day 

July 8

National Motorcycle Day 

July 10


July 11

World Population Day 

July 14

Bastille Day

July 20

Moon Day

July 23

National Day of the Cowboy 

July 24

Tell an Old Joke Day

Amelia Earhart Day

Parent’s Day  

July 26

Aunt and Uncle Day

 July 29

International Tiger Day

July 30

Father-in-Law Day

International Day of Friendship

Wacky, Off-Beat July Fun Days

To round out our list of wacky, off-beat and unusual days for the month of July, I present these days to bring a little fun and humor.

July 1

International Joke Day

July 2

I Forgot Day

World UFO Day

July 3

Stay out of the Sun Day

July 5 

Work-a-holics Day 

July 6

International Kissing Day

July 7

Father-Daughter Take a Walk Together Day

July 8

Video Games Day

July 10

Teddy Bear Picnic Day

July 11

Cheer up the Lonely Day

July 12

Different Colored Eyes Day

July 13

Embrace Your Geekness Day

Fool’s Paradise Day

July 14

Pandemonium Day

Shark Awareness Day

July 15

Be a Dork Day

National Give Something Away Day

July 16

World Snake Day

July 17

World Emoji Day

July 18

Women’s Dive Day

July 20

Ugly Truck Day- it’s a “guy” thing

July 21

National Be Someone Day

July 22

Hammock Day

July 24

Cousins Day

Tell an Old Joke Day

July 26

All or Nothing Day

Aunt and Uncle Day

World Tofu Day

July 27

Take Your Houseplants for a Walk

Walk on Stilts Day

July 28

National Waterpark Day

July 29

National Lipstick Day

July 30

Paperback Book Day 

July 31

Mutt’s Day

Happy Birthday To Everyone Born in July!

We are all born of greatness and there’s absolutely no reason that your birthday can’t one day be known for you, yes YOU for your greatness someday! 

Some of the most fascinating individuals are born in July. Here are a few of my favorites. Take a look at them and see if you share a common bond!

July 1 – 16 Famous Birthdays

July 1, 1961: Princess Diana

Diana, the Princess of Wales, was adored by many as she changed the way people viewed the Royal Family. Diana remains an icon of strength and independence to women around the world.

July 1, BC 0100: Julius Caesar

Considered one of the most powerful men in history, Julius Caesar was a Roman general and politician who conquered much of Europe and was eventually assassinated.

July 3, 1962: Tom Cruise

One of Hollywood’s most popular actors, Tom Cruise has starred in some of the biggest blockbusters of all time.

July 4, 1971: Koko the Gorilla

Koko, the famous research gorilla who passed away in 2018, knew more than 1000 words of modified American Sign Language and loved cats. 

July 4, 1918: Esther Lederer and Pauline Phillips

Twin sisters Esther Lederer and Pauline Phillips (born Friedman) pen the Ann Landers and Dear Abby advice columns, respectively. (Phillips wrote Dear Abby under the name Abigail Van Buren.)

July 6, 1907: Frida Kahlo

Painter Frida Kahlo was born and died in the same house, a building nicknamed “La Casa Azul” for its blue exterior.

July 7, 1940: Ringo Starr

The Beatles drummer Ringo Starr was born Richard Starkey in Liverpool, England.

July 8, 1839: John D Rockefeller

John D Rockefeller founded the Standard Oil Company in 1870 and is considered one of the richest people in history.

July 9, 1956: Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks is one of only two actors to win back-to-back Best Acting Oscars: Hanks won his first Best Actor Oscar in 1994 for his performance in Philadelphia (1993), and he followed that up with another Oscar for Forrest Gump the next year. 

July 10, 1856: Nikola Tesla

Inventor Nikola Tesla is best known for his development of alternating current (AC) and for his many contributions to the electrical grid.

July 11, 1889: E.B. White

E.B. White, the beloved Charlotte’s Web author, a popular children’s book, is a staple in all schools across America.

July 12, 1817: Henry David Thoreau

Author and naturalist Henry David Thoreau was a total yogi. He was reportedly introduced to the practice of yogi through friend and fellow writer Ralph Waldo Emerson.

July 13, 1942: Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford is one of Hollywood’s biggest box office stars. He has starred in some of the highest-grossing films of all time, ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark.’

July 13, 1940: Patrick Stewart

Patrick Stewart is an English actor, best known for his roles as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation.’

July 16, 1967: Will Ferrell

While other SNL stars have struggled to make the leap from the small screen to Hollywood, Will Ferrell—who Lorne Michaels once described as “the glue that holds [Saturday Night Live] together”—has found even greater success in Hollywood.

July 17-31 Famous Birthdays

July 18, 1918: Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela is often credited as saying, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”

July 20, BC 0356: Alexander the Great

Alexander the Great was one of the most successful military commanders in history. He conquered most of the known world in his lifetime.

July 21, 1899: Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway was one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. His novels and short stories are classics.

July 21, 1961: Robin Williams

The world was shocked and saddened when actor and comedian Robin Williams passed away in 2014. He was a beloved figure in Hollywood and beyond.

July 24, 1897: Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart’s ill-fated, twin-engine Lockheed Electra made a cameo in a 1936 film called Love on the Run, starring Clark Gable and Joan Crawford. It was shot eight months before the plane’s final flight over the Pacific Ocean but was only discovered on screen in 2016.

July 24, 1969: Jennifer Lopez

Singer, actress, and producer Jennifer Lopez was born in the Bronx, New York. She is one of the most successful Latina entertainers of the 21st century.

July 26, 1928: Stanley Kubrick

According to David Hughes, one of Stanley Kubrick’s biographers, Stephen King wrote an entire draft of a screenplay for The Shining, which the director never even read.

July 26, 1967: Jason Statham

Jason Statham is an English actor and film producer. He is best known for his roles in the ‘Transporter’ series of films.

July 26, 1967: Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock is one of Hollywood’s most successful actresses. She has starred in such films as ‘The Blind Side,’ and ‘Gravity.’

July 28, 1866: Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter, author of The Tale of Peter Rabbit, was also a mushroom expert

July 28, 1929: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was the wife of President John F. Kennedy and First Lady of the United States from 1961 to 1963.

July 30, 1929: Henry Ford

Henry Ford was an American industrialist and founder of the Ford Motor Company. He is credited with developing the assembly line method of mass production.

July 30, 1947: Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger is an Austrian-American actor, bodybuilder, businessman, and former politician who served as the 38th Governor of California.

July 31, 1965: J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling is the author of the ‘Harry Potter’ series of books, which have sold more than 500 million copies worldwide.

But Wait… There’s More July Trivia and Fun Facts!

Not so fast, we’re not done with presenting even more July trivia and fun facts about this jubilant month!  Of the following trivia and amazing facts, how many do YOU already know about July?

  • July Zodiac Astrological Signs: Cancer (Jun 21-Jul 22): Cancers are nurturing and protective of their loved ones. They are also tenacious and resourceful, able to overcome any obstacle in their path. Leo (Jul 23-Aug 22): Leos are strong, confident, and loyal. They enjoy being in the spotlight and are natural leaders.
  • July Birthstones: The July birthstones are ruby and sapphire. Rubies are associated with passion, love,  and power, while sapphires are associated with wisdom, strength, and faith.
  • July Flower: The July birth flower is the water lily. Water lilies are associated with purity and beauty.
  • July ‘Dog Days of Summer’:  The ‘Dog Days of Summer’ are the hottest, most humid days of the year. They traditionally fall between July 3 and August 11. The ‘Dog Days’ got their name from the star Sirius, also known as the  ‘Dog Star.’ Sirius is the brightest star in the constellation Canis Majoris, which is Latin for ‘greater dog.’
  • July ‘Buck Moon’: The full moon in July is known as the ‘Buck Moon.’ The name comes from the fact that bucks (male deer) begin to grow their antlers at this time of year.

So, there you have it: a comprehensive list of fascinating and wacky fun facts about July, trivia, and information about the month to complete our fun list!


For additional reading, be sure to check out these four blog articles for amazing fun facts about February, March, April, May and June:

Eight Reasons Why February is So Special”

“Amazing Fun Facts About March”

“Whimsical Sayings About April”

“Amazing Fun Facts About May You Will Love”

“Discover Fun Facts About June”

Fascinating & Wacky Fun Facts About July

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6 comments on “Fascinating & Wacky Fun Facts About July”

  1. How ironic that today is National Egg Frying Day. I told Clay earlier, it’s so hot here, you can ‘fry and egg’ on the sidewalk! 🙂 So many Birthdays this month! Very entertaining ‘blog.’ You had to spend a lot of time putting this together. What a great idea for a ‘blog.’ Keep up the Good Work, Made You Smile Back. Made me, ‘SMILE.’ 🙂

    1. Andrea, thank you so much for your very positive and kind words about my latest article, “Fabulous and Wacky Fun Facts About July”. I’m glad you liked it.

  2. Happy July Everyone! July is the part of the year where renewed beginnings can occur and why not! Also July is the month of some special birthdays I love to celebrate, one of which is July 8th where I have not only my eldest daughter’s birthday… but also a special ‘internet buddy’ and someone special from Karachi Pakistan! So a big shout out to all three – Patty and Patty and Aiman! Happy Happy Birthday! And I can’t forget my dear dear friend, Gayle Hutcherson Wilt, born July 24th!

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