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The Month of July

July is the seventh month of the year, has 31 days, and is named after Julius Caesar.

Water lilies with reflection in a pond.

July’s birth flower is the Water Lily.

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In our modern day Gregorian calendar, July is the seventh month of the year.

Julius Caesar’s Month

July is also the seventh month of the year in the Julian calendar. The month of July was previously called Quintilis in Latin as it was the fifth month in the ancient Roman calendar. The name of the month was changed to July in honor of Julius Caesar during the Julian calendar reform.

  • Middle English - Julie
  • Latin name - Julius mensis - Month of Julius
  • Latin - quintilis mensis - Fifth month

History of July

July was originally Quintilis, the fifth month of the year in the Roman calendar and consisted of 31 days. It was changed around 450 BCE when January became the first month of the year. Its name was changed during the Julian calendar reform in 45 BCE to honor Julius Caesar.

In modern times, July also has 31 days. It is the warmest month of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and coldest month in the Southern hemisphere.

The month of July starts on the same day of the week as April during common years and as January during leap years. July does not end on the same day of the week as any year in a common year but ends on the same day of the week as January in a leap year.

July’s Birth Flower and Stone

July’s birth flowers are the Larkspur or Water Lily.

The birthstone for July is the ruby which symbolizes contentment.

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