That bright light skimming the western horizon in July is Venus, a planetary floodlight shining at magnitude -3.9. The closest planet to Earth is a fat gibbous seen through binoculars but will brighten over the coming months even as its phase shrinks because it draws nearer to us in its orbit. It won't reach its peak brightness of -4.9 until December, however.
Two observing challenges in early July include Venus in the Beehive Cluster on July 3 and the moon below Venus on July 9. Both events occur so close after sunset that the remnant light will wash out most of the cluster's stars and the moon’s thin crescent.
By July 10, the slightly larger crescent moon will be easier to spy and Venus will be to the upper right, with the star Regulus to the upper left. At magnitude 1.3, Regulus is the brightest star in Leo the Lion and is found at the bottom of the constellation’s backward question mark shape. On July 11, Regulus is to the upper right of the moon.