By Sheri Selway and Chrissy Chrzan

July is the 7th month of the year and is thought to be the hottest month in the Northern Hemisphere and the coldest month in the Southern hemisphere.  July is named after Julius Caesar, which was the month of his birth. July’s birthstone is the ruby and July’s flowers are the larkspur and water lily.

July 1 Canada Day – Canada Day celebrates the enactment of the British North American Act in 1867 which joined together 3 colonies, United Canadas, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick.  Upon “confederation” there were 4 provinces, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick.  Today there are 10 Provinces and 3 territories.  Other events have happened on the same day such as the flooding of the Saint Lawrence Seaway in 1958 and the first COLOUR television transmission in 1966.  Canada Day is celebrated in a number of ways in Canada. There is also some criticism and protests on Canada Day as Indigenous people draw attention to their history and the hardships they continue to face as well as the issue of Residential Schools.

July 5 is National Injury Prevention Day

July 6 Louis Pasteur gave the first anti-rabies inoculation to a boy who had been bitten by a rabid dog.

July 7 is World Chocolate Day.  It might mark the anniversary of the introduction of chocolate to Europe in 1550.  So go ahead a treat yourself! Yum!

July 9 is Nunavut Day, the day recognized as Parliament passed the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement Act and the Nunavut Act in 1993.

July 10 The Bahamas got their independence from Britain in 1973

July 20 is World Chess Day. 

July 24 is International Self Care Day.

July 28 is the Day of Commemoration of the Great Upheaval.  In 1755, French settlers living on lands in New France, which today we know as Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island.  Around 10,000 people were deported to American colonies, France, and the Caribbean.  Thousands died of disease, famine and deplorable living conditions on the ships.

July 30 is the International Day of Friendship.

Important and commemorative days –

July: Seventh Month of the Year (