Voting to name July’s Full Moon has ended, and readers have overwhelmingly chosen the name “Full Independence Moon” for this month’s full Moon, which falls on Sunday, July 25, at 9:37 p.m.
The name “Full Independence Moon” was submitted by nine different people, the first of whom, and our winner, was Suzanne Curran of North Providence, R.I. Congratulations!
The traditional full Moon name for July is the The Full Buck Moon, because July is normally the month when the new antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads. July’s Moon was also sometimes called the Full Thunder Moon, because thunderstorms are most frequent during this time of year. Yet another name for this month’s Moon was the Full Hay Moon.
The idea behind the Farmers’ Almanac Name that Moon Contest was to come up with more up-to-date names for the full Moons, not as a replacement for the traditional names, but as modern alternatives that better reflect today’s activities and values. Independence Day, with its fireworks and festivities, is an old tradition, by most people’s reckoning, but new when compared to the traditional full Moon names, some of which date back to ancient times.
Be sure to visit our Name that Moon Contest page today to submit your suggestion for August’s full Moon name.