It's already the second month of summer! And despite the oppressive heat, there are plenty of ways to make the most of July.
1. Independence Day
Happy Fourth of July! This holiday celebrates the day the United States gained its independence from Great Britain in 1776. Throughout the years, it's evolved to include many fun traditions- grilling hot dogs and hamburgers, basking in the summer heat, watermelon seed and cherry pit spitting contests, swimming in the pool or at the lake, parades, and of course, a huge fireworks display!
2. The Ruby
July's birthstone is the ruby. This deep red gem is sometimes considered to be "the King of gemstones," and is other times described as "a drop of the heart's blood of Mother Earth." Speaking of Mother Earth, some ancient cultures believed rubies grew on trees, to be plucked like a ripe red fruit. Regarding special properties, rubies are seen as a symbol of fore-telling and courage.
3. The Water Lily and Larkspur
Water lilies are one of July's characteristics flowers. Varying from pink to white, to yellow, water lilies are a significant symbol for many cultures and religions- often depicting creation and the sanctity of life. More generally, this flower is an example of beauty and enlightenment.
Larkspur, July's second flower, is a symbol of laughter and gaiety. Though specific meanings may vary according to color, larkspur is consistently seen as a representation of happiness and affection.
4. Red, White, And Blue Wine Sparklers
What better drink to celebrate the most patriotic month of the year? This refreshing beverage couldn't be simpler to make- all you'll need is some white wine, sparkling water, blueberries, strawberries, and apples!
Get the recipe here: https://www.foxandbriar.com/red-white-blue-wine-sparklers/#cookbook-recipe-5083
Perhaps one of the best things about July- that goes hand in hand with the holiday- is fireworks! Few things are more mesmerizing than a colorful, sparkly, pyrotechnics display. Who doesn't love some explosives in the name of fun?
6. Drive-in Movie Season
With such warm weather, it's the perfect time of year to indulge in one of the classic American pastimes- drive-in movies. Check the internet to find the closest theater near you, pack up your car with snacks, drinks, and pillows, and enjoy the double feature!
Though fireflies can often be found in early summer, and even late spring, they are almost impossible to miss come midsummer. One of the simplest pleasures of the season is going barefoot in the grass at night and catching fireflies.
July is a popular month for vacationing. Beaches, water parks, and theme parks are open and in full-swing. Whether you love long road trips or fancy a cross-country cruise, going on vacation is a trademark of the summer season.
Beachside, poolside, or up on the roof, nothing says summer like soaking up some rays. So grab your shades and a good book and get started on that tan! (Or if you’re pale and Irish like me, just grab some sunscreen and pretend you can).
10. Baseball games
It doesn’t get more American than this! Though baseball is based off of similar English sports like Cricket and Rounders, the rules, uniforms, and diamond-shaped field are unique to the U, S of A. And what better time to enjoy a game than the star-spangled month of July?
Happy July, everyone!
Ps: shoutout to all the Cancers and Leos!