31 Quotes About July and Its Significance

Updated on May 13, 2020
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Ms. Dora loves to share poetry, creative writing, quotes, and reflections and has been writing online for over eight years.

The larkspur is one of the official flowers of July.
The larkspur is one of the official flowers of July. | Source

As summer heats up, activities in the month of July provide opportunities to strip the jackets and matching shoes in favor of sleeveless wear and sandals. We enjoy the beach parties, the neighborhood barbecues, and nature hikes that distract us from the warm weather that makes them possible. Sporting events are often on the agenda as well.

Below, you'll find 31 quotes—one for each day of the month—about July and what makes it unique. Some of the quotes remind us of dates with rich historical significance, while others challenge us to ponder the meaning of the month in a more abstract sense. Let's raise our spirits—and our glasses—in celebration of mid-summer's joy!

About the Fourth of July

1. "This, for the purpose of this celebration, is the 4th of July. It is the birthday of your National Independence, and of your political freedom. This, to you, is what the Passover was to the emancipated people of God." ―Frederick Douglass

2. "You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4th, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism." —Erma Bombeck

3. "Independence Day, July 4th, or as I know it: Out with the British day!" ―Steven Magee

4. "Watching everybody have such a fantastic time, loving life, loving America―I wish that was the feeling year-round, that it didn't take the Fourth of July for us to be like, 'Yeah, America is awesome.'" ―Tim Kennedy

5. "It’s Fourth of July weekend, or, as I call it, Exploding Christmas.” ―Stephen Colbert

Christmas Store in July, in Kemah, Texas
Christmas Store in July, in Kemah, Texas | Source

About Christmas in July

6. "Thinking back to when it's warm outside. Oh, why couldn't Christmas be in July?" ―Haley Mary Artzab

7. "Being a traditionalist, I'm a rabid sucker for Christmas. In July, I'm already worried that there are only 146 shopping days left." ― ohn Waters

8. "When Christmas comes in July I often serve plum pudding pie with hot coffee or tea of chai; while air conditioning's on high." ―Paterson Mooney

9. "The hype for Christmas in July certainly seems quite widespread across the States . . . and is also a great excuse to party."Shelley Roes

10. "But here I am in July, and why am I thinking about Christmas pudding? Probably because we always pine for what we do not have." ―Joanna Franklin Bell

About Insights On July

11. "July is a blind date with summer." ―Hal Borland

12. "The summer looks out from her brazen tower, through the flashing bars of July." ―Francis Thompson

13. "Those who in July do wed,
Must labour for their daily bread. . .
Married in July with flowers ablaze,
Bitter-sweet memories in after days."
―New Zealand Proverb

14. "July, that lovely hell, all velvet dresses and drapes stuffed into a hot little hole." ―Laura Kasischke

15. "I have always had a certain aversion to heat. And for me, the name of the game on the stage is 'beat the heat.' It's always July under the lights." ―Bob Weir

16. "July is high burglary season because so many people leave town." ―JeanChatzky

17. "If ant hills are high in July, the coming winter will be hard." ―American Folklore

18. "There comes a time when people get tired of being pushed out of the glittering sunlight of life's July and left standing amid the piercing chill of an alpine November." ―Martin Luther King, Jr.

19. "My life, I realize suddenly, is July. Childhood is June, and old age is August, but here it is, July, and my life, this year, is July inside of July." ―Rick Bass

20. "I only deepen the wound of the world when I neglect to give thanks for the heavy perfume of wild roses in early July and the song of crickets on summer humid nights and the rivers that run and the stars that rise and the rain that falls and all the good things that a good God gives." ―Ann Voskamp

The water lily is another official flower of July.
The water lily is another official flower of July. | Source

About July in History

21. "Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon. July 1969 AD. We came in peace for all mankind." ―Neil Armstrong

22. "Presidential power was overruled by the high bench in July 1974, when President Nixon was ordered to turn over some audio tapes of his White House conversations, including the 'smoking gun' tape . . . revealing the Watergate cover up." ―Helen Thomas

23. "That feeling is one of the things that keep me going. On July 6, 1998, I became the WCW heavyweight champion of the world!" ―Bill Goldberg

24. "Everyone remembers where they were on 7 July 2005 when four deadly bombs ripped through the heart of London." ―Keir Starmer

25. "On July 28, 2006, I was very proud to become a citizen of the United States—the greatest privilege on planet Earth." ―Melania Trump

26. "The Chicago Declaration on Women in the Catholic Church, drafted in July of 2015 by Catholics for Choice, stated that it imagined a church where 'women are respected for their choices about their health, welfare, and lives.'" ―Anthea Butler

About July Memories

27. "Noises and smells, those can bring back powerful memories. I remember when I was going to school one Fourth of July, and there were a lot of fireworks going off. I knew that I was in Richmond. I knew that I was a college student. But I thought people were shooting at me." ―Kevin Powers

28. “They talk about big skies in the western United States, and they may indeed have them, but you have never seen such lofty clouds, such towering anvils, as in Iowa in July.” ―Bill Bryson

29. "The London trees are dusty-brown
Beneath the summer sky;
My love, she dwells in London town,
Nor leaves it in July."
―Amy Levy

30. "In the old parts of Nice, the family tables are out in the cobbled streets so that you can't drive past. They insist you join them at midnight on a hot July evening. So that's just what you do, abandoning the car." ―Mary Quant

31. "Summer at the Hollis household is all about us getting together and enjoying the pool." ―Rachel Hollis

July Observances

  • Alopecia Month for Women
  • Education and Awareness Month
  • Cell Phone Courtesy Month
  • Eye Injury Prevention Month
  • Family Reunion Month
  • Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month
  • Purposeful Parenting Month
  • Self Care Month
  • Social Wellness Month
  • Women's Motorcycle Month

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      • Brenda Arledge profile image

        BRENDA ARLEDGE 

        25 hours ago from Washington Court House

        Ms. Dora,

        You are so right. This pandemic has taken away enough from us already.

        I do hope we can do a small celebration for Mom's birthday, but it cannot be the big open house we had wanted to do.

        Take care.

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        Dora Weithers 

        28 hours ago from The Caribbean

        Lora, I'm glad that these quotes brought back such happy memories of your childhood. Please don't lose the excitement. Thanks for sharing.

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        Lora Hollings 

        33 hours ago

        I love your quotes about July and it certainly is a memorable month for me! My daughter was born in July and it is a month that brings back some of the fondest memories of my childhood. We always celebrated the fourth with family picnics and then watched the fireworks together. I remember going to sleep the night before and being as excited about celebrating the fourth almost as much as Christmas. I loved your quotes, Ms. Dora, but the one that is my favorite is the one by Erma Bombeck. I love potato salad even if it does get iffy at those picnics! Great article, thank you.

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        Dora Weithers 

        5 days ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Linda. Concerning cell phone courtesy observance, it would be great if it encourages courtesy as a regular habit.

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        Linda Crampton 

        5 days ago from British Columbia, Canada

        It's nice to think of summer at the moment. As always, you've shared some interesting quotes. It was interesting to read about the observances in July, too. I like the idea of cell phone courtesy!

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        Dora Weithers 

        6 days ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Brenda. I hope that your family will a way to celebrate your mother's birthday. Especially with her husband being away, she'll need to share the good times in one way or another. Don't let the pandemic rob us of all the fun.

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        BRENDA ARLEDGE 

        7 days ago from Washington Court House

        Ms. Dora,

        I hope you are doing well.

        I'm not quite ready for July yet but I enjoy reading your quotes.

        My mother will be 80 this year in July and we have had to cancel plans for her party.

        It will be a bittersweet day for her with her husband now in the nursing home.

        Thanks for sharing and stay healthy.

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        Dora Weithers 

        7 days ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Denise. Here's hoping that your mom has an enjoyable birthday celebration with you all this year. She deserves it! You all deserve it.

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        Denise McGill 

        7 days ago from Fresno CA

        July 1st is my mother's birthday and she will be 89 this year. I feel we should celebrate it with fireworks and picnics but we are probably still going to be sheltering in place. I especially love the quote about July being the blind date with the summer.

        Blessings,

        Denise

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        Dora Weithers 

        11 days ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Manatita. "Let's wait and see." Your comment is really encouraging.

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        manatita44 

        11 days ago from london

        Your quotes took me straight back to my Guruji. He said so many sublime things about America! I have also experienced some of these picnics myself. Some history and memories added in and your lavender/purple flower is heavenly. At least now I know its name. Poetry? let's wait and see.

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        Dora Weithers 

        2 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Jo. Great tribute to your parents that you saw them always loving each other. Enjoy the memories in July.

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        Jo Miller 

        2 weeks ago from Tennessee

        My parents were married on the 4th of July, and the little poem about those who wed in July was touching because they did have a rather difficult life. But they always loved each other and their children.

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        Dora Weithers 

        2 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Denise thanks for your feedback and for sharing the significance of July in your family. It's been really an exploding Christmas for you all. Times change, but thank God for the memories.

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        Denise W Anderson 

        2 weeks ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

        July is a special month for our family. My husband's grandfather was born on July 4. While he was living, our family gathered to celebrate both his birthday and the birthday of our country. We have several other birthdays in our family during the month of July. It is a special family time and we often gather. I like the quotes about July 4 being an exploding Christmas in July! That is very fitting!

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        Dora Weithers 

        2 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Bill. May is half gone and surely, I'm enjoying it. Isn't it great that there's something in every month to help us maintain our joy?

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        William Kovacic 

        2 weeks ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

        Just think - a special day for cell phones. I guess July is an important month after all. Have a great May, Dora

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        Dora Weithers 

        2 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Nithya. The water lily is one of the official flowers of July and it is very beautiful to behold.

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        Nithya Venkat 

        2 weeks ago from Dubai

        I enjoyed reading all the quotes about the significance of July, thank you for sharing. The image with the water lily is beautiful and I love that quite too.

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        Dora Weithers 

        3 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Devika. July is beach time for me too. We go early in the morning before it gets real hot. I'm sure that the Croatia games are fun. Have a good time!

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        Dora Weithers 

        3 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Rosina. I'm pleased that you like the quotes. Without a favorite, you can prefer a different one every day.

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        Dora Weithers 

        3 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Rajan, I can imagine what it feels like at the peak of the hot weather. Your comfort is important. Stay indoors if that's what it takes.

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        Dora Weithers 

        3 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Flourish. I understand you wanting to be inside. Not everyone can stand the heat. I'm sure that you find your own fun. Enjoy July whatever you do.

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        Devika Primić 

        3 weeks ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

        Hi Dora July sounds another great month and you show that in your quotes. I like July summer here and lots to do keeping me busy. Beaches are crowded and nothing like the summer games in Croatia.

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        Rosina S Khan 

        3 weeks ago

        All the quotes and observances about July are awesome, Dora. They are all so good that I couldn't decide on a fave one. Thanks for sharing.

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        3 weeks ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        July is a time humidity is inching towards its yearly peak here. Time to sit indoors as much as possible. Great quotes.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 weeks ago from USA

        I usually spend as much of July as I can indoors because I can no longer tolerate the heat. I’m a big fan of cooler months. I found it interesting how there seems to be an opportunity for July to observe something else (other than eye injuries, hair loss, etc.). September and October really highlight so many heavy causes. I was impressed with some of those historical notes.

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        Dora Weithers 

        3 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Marcy, thanks for your encouraging feedback. Glad you like the quotes.

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        Dora Weithers 

        3 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Peggy, it's great that we can still celebrate. More people may head to Galveston this year, if there are no fireworks in Houston. Hoping everyone stays fine while they have fun.

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        Dora Weithers 

        3 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Eric, despite the heat, you seem set to enjoy the month of July. Same here for me. Happy that your wife can enjoy some time off, with her American husband and son.

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        Marcy Bialeschki 

        3 weeks ago from Cerro Gordo, IL

        I think these articles with all of the quotes are so cool. I really enjoy them.

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        Peggy Woods 

        3 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        You have assembled a vast and varied number of quotes for July. Galveston, Texas, just announced that they would not have a fireworks display this 4th of July. I do not yet know about Houston. The idea is because they are still encouraging people to keep a distance from one another. Celebrations are bound to be very different this year. Stay healthy and stay blessed!

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        Eric Dierker 

        3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        In July in the desert we are tormented by heat, no air conditioning. But we had all of June to acclimate. Come to think of it I must start practicing water wars. Why do we laugh more in cold water when it is hotter?

        In thirty years this will be my wife's first July off. Oh my goodness I can see the devious in her eyes. She is an immigrant and our son our first born American in her family. Fishing, hiking, swimming and growing food! Bring it on!

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        Dora Weithers 

        3 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Lorna, thanks for sharing your childhood memories. July seems to be celebration month for many events in different countries.

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        Dora Weithers 

        3 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Tim. I appreciate your concern for my safety.Hoping the best for you, too.

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        Dora Weithers 

        3 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Liz, the French holiday seems to resemble the American Independence celebration. The month of July holds significance for many people.

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        Dora Weithers 

        3 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Pamela. Makes me happy when my friends an readers enjoy my work. I'm encouraged.

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        Dora Weithers 

        3 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        You're welcome, Cheryl. I love these quotes myself and it gives me pleasure to compile them.

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        Dora Weithers 

        3 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        That's great, Shauna. Hope you and your son will be free to celebrate, come July.

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        Dora Weithers 

        3 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Oh, Ann. Thanks for your encouraging comment. I hope,like you, that come July we'll have even a little more freedom.

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        Tim Truzy 

        3 weeks ago from U.S.A.

        Wonderful. I liked all of the celebrations that happen in July you mentioned. Great quotes, Ms. Dora. Please, stay safe in these difficult times. God bless your caring, gentle, and compassionate writing talents.

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        Liz Westwood 

        3 weeks ago from UK

        I recall being in France often on holiday as a child on July 14th. It's a national holiday, when the French mark the storming of the Bastille and the French Revolution in 1789. There used to be good firework displays on the South coast, where we were. It coincided with the holiday season too. Sadly this year, July is going to be a little different. Thanks for an interesting hub.

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        3 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

        These wonderful quotes seem to reflect all the various things in July very well. I enjoyed your article, Ms Dora.

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        Cheryl E Preston 

        3 weeks ago from Roanoke

        Very perceptive point of view. Thank you for always giving us something to read.

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        Lorna Lamon 

        3 weeks ago

        July is a time for holidays in Ireland, and I have fond memories of heading off in our caravan to a beautiful spot overlooking a beach, for that much needed family holiday.

        I had no idea there were so many quotes etc. relating to this month and my favourite would have to be the one by Ann Voskamp which sums up the joy of July. An interesting and varied collection Dora - very enjoyable. Take care.

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        Shauna L Bowling 

        3 weeks ago from Central Florida

        I love these quotes, Dora. July will always be a special month for me, for that's when I gave birth to my son.

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        Ann Carr 

        3 weeks ago from SW England

        I don't know how you manage to find all these, Dora, but they're always so entertaining. I also like how you've taken a global view.

        I'm just hoping that July 2020 will be a month when we have just a little more freedom and we can enjoy the summer holidays with family. I want to see my grandchildren!!!

        Ann

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        Dora Weithers 

        3 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Layne. Alopecia may not be a popular topic, but its great it will get some attention in the month of July.

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        Dora Weithers 

        3 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Bill. You also write memorable lines like that. No wonder it caught you attention. Blessings and safety on you also.

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        Layne Holmes 

        3 weeks ago from Bend, Oregon

        Hi Dora, I really like your July Observances. I recently met quite a few women with alopecia—from early age to adulthood, and they all had incredible stories to tell. Thanks for reminding us that July is around the corner!

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        Bill Holland 

        3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

        That was a fun read, my friend. I like the one where July is a blind date with summer. That's a great line!

        Be well, be safe, and blessings always

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