Some people feel like Memorial Day signifies the start of Summer, but I always feel like it starts when the 4th of July celebrations begin. So starting today we are fully ready for the summer entertaining season.

Here are a few facts about this month:

This month was named in honor of Julius Caesar. He developed the Julian calendar which was used before the Gregorian calendar that we use today. It is the hottest month of the year and it is called the “dog days of summer”. Dogs aren’t the only creatures uncomfortable in oppressive heat, so why does a dog get singled out in dog days? The dog here is actually the Dog Star, which is also called Sirius. The star has long been associated with sultry weather in the northern hemisphere because it rises simultaneously with the sun during the hottest days of summer.

The birthstone for July is the Ruby and it is associated with love, passion and integrity.

The zodiac signs for July are Cancer which is from June 21 until July 22 and Leo which is from July 23 until August 22.

The flowers for July are the Water Lily and the Larkspur.

Some of the month long celebrations in July are:

-National Ice Cream Month

-National Culinary Arts Month

-National Blueberry Month

-National Hot Dog and Picnic Month

-National Pickle Month

Some things that occur or have occurred in July are:

-July 3rd is exactly halfway through the calendar year.

-July 4th was not declared a federal holiday until 1938. Around 150 million hot dogs are consumed on this day. Back in 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was signed, 2.5 million new people lived in the U.S. Now 243 years later, approximately 329 million people live here. Three United States presidents died on the Fourth of July: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe.

-July 14 is Bastille Day, which commemorates the storming of the Bastille and the start of the French Revolution.

-July 16 1945 was when the experimental Atomic bomb "Fat Boy" was set off at 5:30 a.m. in the desert of New Mexico desert, creating a mushroom cloud rising 41,000 ft. The bomb emitted heat three times the temperature of the interior of the sun and wiped out all plant and animal life within a mile.

-July 19 1848 was when the women's rights convention was held at Seneca Falls, New York. Topics discussed included voting rights, property rights and divorce. The convention marked the beginning of an organized women's rights movement in the U.S.

-July 20, 1969 was when a global audience watched on television as Apollo 11 Astronaut Neil Armstrong take his first step onto the moon. As he stepped onto the moon's surface he proclaimed "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" - inadvertently omitting an "a" before "man" and slightly changing the meaning.

-July 27 - most importantly - it's Lauren's birthday!

We hope that July is a great month for you and your family – ENJOY!

Sources: Old Farmer's Almanac, Wikipedia, various others

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