59 July Trivia Questions for the Dog Days of Summer

Gather with family or friends in the AC and beat the heat with our July trivia questions and answers.

Published June 12, 2024
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Things are heating up, and we have July trivia questions and answers to help you beat the heat. How? By gathering your nearest and dearest in an air-conditioned room, sipping on lemonade, and seeing who can answer our July trivia questions correctly.

General July Trivia Questions

Of course, you know Fourth of July trivia, but do you know anything about the rest of July? Put your general July knowledge to the test.

What is July’s birthstone?


What two astrological signs celebrate their birthdays in July?

Cancer and Leo

What are July’s birth flowers?

Larkspur and water lily

What out-of-this-world day occurs on July 2?

World UFO Day

Who was the month of July named after?

Julius Caesar

What term is used in July to describe the hottest days of the year?

Dog days of summer

About 150 million of these are consumed on July 4. What are they?

Hot dogs

How much do Americans spend on fireworks every year?

$1 billion

How high should corn be by the Fourth of July?


What date in July is the midpoint of the year in a non-leap year?

July 2  

On what day in July is Canada Day?

July 1 

What French holiday occurs on July 14?

Bastille Day

Related: 4th of July Trivia Questions & Answers

July in History Questions

The weather isn't the only thing that heats up in July. History has been pretty hot during this month, too. Test your July history knowledge.

What important event took place on July 29, 1969?

Neil Armstrong walked on the moon.

What vaccine was successfully given to a patient for the first time on July 6, 1885?

Rabies vaccine

What infamous piece of swimwear was first unveiled on July 5, 1946?

The bikini

In July of 1909, Louis Bleriot became the first man to fly from one country to another. What country did he leave from, and which did he arrive in?

He flew from France to England.

What mission was launched on July 16, 1969?

Apollo 11

What was detonated in Alamogordo, New Mexico, on July 16, 1945?

“Gadget” - the first atomic bomb

President Lincoln signed the first income tax bill on July 1, 1862. What were the two tax percentages levied?

3% and 5%

What famous American Civil War battle began on July 1, 1863?

The Battle of Gettysburg

In what year was the US Constitution ratified in Congress on July 2?


Which US president was shot and mortally wounded on July 2, 1881?

James A. Garfield

What socially important act did Lyndon B. Johnson sign on July 2, 1964?

The Civil Rights Act

If this petition, drafted by the Continental Congress on July 5, 1775, had not been rejected by King George III, the American Revolutionary War might never have taken place. What was it called?

The Olive Branch Petition

What US state was annexed on July 7, 1898?


On July 9, 1968, the 14th Amendment was ratified. What did it grant?

Due process

Who was Russia’s first popularly elected president, who took office on July 10, 1991?

Boris Yeltsin

What presidential scion went missing piloting a plane to Martha’s Vineyard on July 16, 1999?

John F. Kennedy, Jr.

Who was shot and killed by the FBI on July 22, 1934?

John Dillinger

What war came to an end on July 27, 1953?

The Korean War

Who was last seen outside a restaurant in Detroit on July 30, 1975, and was declared dead 7 years later?

Jimmy Hoffa

Famous July Birthdays Trivia

Lots of famous folks were born in July. See how many of these you know.

What King of Macedonia was born on July 20, 356 BCE?

Alexander the Great

What Scarlet Letter author was born on July 1, 1804?

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Which US President was born on the 4th of July?

Calvin Coolidge

What great showman was born on July 5, 1810?

PT Barnum

Which American philosopher was born on July 12, 1817?

Henry David Thoreau

What painter of The Night Watch was born in Leiden, Holland, on July 15, 1606?

Rembrandt van Rijn

The first American saint of the Catholic church was born in July of 1850. What was her name?

Frances Xavier Cabrini (Mother Cabrini)

What South African President was born on July 18, 1918?

Nelson Mandela

What French impressionist, best known for his paintings of dancers, was born on July 19, 1834?

Edgar Degas

July in Pop Culture Trivia

Love a pop culture moment? Test your knowledge of pop culture moments that took place in July.

What bicycle sporting event first began on July 1, 1903?

The Tour de France

SOS was adopted as the first universal distress signal on July 1, 1908. What is the Morse Code signal for SOS?

Dot dot dot dash dash dash dot dot dot

In July of 1903, these numeric identifiers were established for the US mail. What are they?

Zip codes

In 1979, the introduction of what device in Japan changed how people listened to music forever?

The Sony Walkman

What massive American retailer opened their first store in Rogers, AK on July 2, 1962?


What rock band member died in an accidental drowning on July 3, 1969?

Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones

What rock band frontman died on July 3, 1971, of an accidental overdose at the age of 27?

Jim Morrison (The Doors)

Who retired from Major League Baseball on July 4, 1939, after giving his “luckiest man in the world” speech?

Lou Gehrig

What famous lunch meat in a can was first introduced on July 5, 1937?


In July of 1996, the first cloned sheep was born. What was her name?


What famous duo met for the first time in July of 1957 at Woolton Fete and ultimately formed one of the best rock bands of all time?

John Lennon and Paul McCartney

We don’t know what the greatest thing was before this happened, but this baking innovation was first introduced in July of 1928. What was it?

Sliced bread

What crashed in New Mexico in July of 1947?

A UFO (or a weather balloon… it depends on who you believe)

What famous video game star made his debut in Donkey Kong in July of 1981?


What first appeared in the hills above Los Angeles in July of 1923?

The Hollywood Sign

What social media site was launched on July 16, 2006?


Who did Ted Kennedy drive off a bridge on July 18, 1969?

Mary Jo Kopechne

The Daily Show premiered in July of 1996. Who was the original host?

Craig Kilborn

Who got married on July 29, 1981, in front of a worldwide audience?

Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer

Test Your Summer Trivia Knowledge

How did you do? From long-forgotten historical tidbits to some of the most iconic pop culture events of their time, there's a lot of summer trivia to discover. 

59 July Trivia Questions for the Dog Days of Summer