Interesting Facts about July

The first US Postage Stamps were sold in 1847 when Congress authorized the production of stamps for nation wide use.

The first US Zoo opened its doors to visitors on July 1, 1874 in Philadelphia. For twenty-five cents or less they could visit the 813 animals that lived there. Today the Philadelphia Zoo has more than twice as many animals and four times as many visitors.

Notable Days

The Dog Days of Summer begin on Saturday, July 3rd and end August 11th. Contrary to popular belief, the "Dog Days" of Summer have nothing to do with the fact that our furry friends may be acting a little more sluggish during this time. The name actually comes from the sun occupying the same region of the sky as the constellation Canis Major, the Greater Dog. This constellation is home to the brightest star Sirius. The Romans believed that Sirius added to the heat of the Sun making a long stretch of hot weather. They referred to this time as the "Dog Days."

Sunday, July 4th is Independence Day. Also known as the Fourth of July, Independence Day is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain on July 4, 1776. Independence Day is celebrated throughout the country with one of the largest fireworks display being held in Washington DC.


Historical Events

This year the Olympics start on Friday, July 23, 2021. While the Summer Olympics typically occur every 4 years, the 2020 Olympics were postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The 2020 Olympics are to be hosted in Tokyo, Japan and will consist of 33 different sports with a grand total of 339 events. Most United States trials took place in the end of June. You can expect to see some well known athletes like Simone Biles, Katie Ledecky, and Serena Williams, along with numerous returning and first-time Olympic athletes. There will be four brand new sports introduced this year: Karate, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing. Additionally, we will see the return of baseball and softball.

Fun Facts about the Olympics:

  • Tarzan competed in the Olympics: Johnny Weissmuller, an athlete-turned-actor who played Tarzan in 12 movies, won five gold medals in swimming in the 1920s.
  • The Olympic Games have been hosted by 23 different countries.
  • From 1924-1992, the Winter and the Summer Olympics took place in the same year. Now, they’re on separate cycles and alternate every two years.
  • The 2012 London Games were the first Olympics in which all participating countries sent female athletes.


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