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National Watermelon Day

Make National Watermelon Day extra sweet - enjoy a refreshing watermelon-based cocktail, snack on some watermelon slices, and find the perfect summer outfit!
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When it is?
August 3
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United States

Celebrate National Watermelon Day on August 3rd with a juicy, sweet slice of this iconic summer fruit! Watermelons have been around since ancient times, enjoying a long and varied history. They've been enjoyed by kings and commoners alike, in Egypt, Greece and Rome. They were such an important part of the diet that they were even used as currency in some places! As well as being incredibly tasty, watermelons are packed full of essential vitamins and minerals to help keep us healthy.

History of National Watermelon Day

National Watermelon Day Dates

National Watermelon Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2000 BC</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Watermelon in Ancient Egypt</div><div class='timeline-text'>Watermelons were cultivated in Nile Valley, their seeds have been found in Pharaoh tombs including King Tut's.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>7th Century</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Spreading to Asia</div><div class='timeline-text'>Watermelons started to spread to other continents, reaching China by the 7th Century where they became a popular summer snack.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1500s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Arrival to Europe</div><div class='timeline-text'>Watermelons came to Europe in the 1500s via Moorish invaders and quickly spread throughout the continent.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1600s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Cultivation in America</div><div class='timeline-text'>Watermelons were introduced to Native Americans by early European settlers by the 17th century.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1900s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Development of Seedless Variety</div><div class='timeline-text'>By the 1900s, growers started breeding seedless variety, which are now the most popular choice for consumers.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>Unknown</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Establishment of National Watermelon Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>The specific origin and year of the establishment of National Watermelon Day remains uncertain, nonetheless it is now celebrated every year on August 3rd.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Watermelon Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Make watermelon ice cream</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Nothing screams summertime like a cold and creamy bowl of watermelon ice cream. Blend together fresh diced watermelon, Greek yogurt, honey, heavy cream and a pinch of sea salt to make your own homemade ice cream.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a watermelon seed spitting contest</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Step out in the backyard and host a watermelon seed spitting contest. It's one of the most popular summertime activities that the whole family can enjoy.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Organize a watermelon eating competition</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Who can eat the most wedges of watermelon in five minutes? This is a great way to get friends together for some good old fashioned fun.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Have a picnic with watermelon dishes</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take your celebration outdoors with a picnic. Prepare all kinds of dishes featuring watermelons such as salads, sandwiches, drinks, and desserts—the possibilities are endless!</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Throw a watermelon party</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Invite family and friends over for an epic National Watermelon Day party. Make it a potluck so everyone can contribute their favorite watermelon dishes. Don't forget to bring out the karaoke machine so you can all sing along to 'Watermelon Sugar' by Harry Styles!</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Watermelon Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Watermelon is refreshing</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Nothing says summer like a cold slice of juicy watermelon. With its sweet flavor and crisp texture, it's the perfect treat to cool down with on a hot day and refresh your palate after meals. Plus, there's nothing quite as satisfying as spitting out the seeds!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Watermelon is good for you</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, watermelon is one of nature's best sources of hydration. It helps keep your skin healthy by locking in moisture, and its high levels of lycopene protect our cells from damage caused by free radicals.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Watermelon is versatile</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Watermelon isn't just for eating - it can also be used in recipes for both sweet and savory dishes. Try adding it to smoothies, yogurt bowls, salads, salsas or even ice cream for an extra burst of flavor. The possibilities are truly endless!</p></div></div>

5 Juicy Facts for National Watermelon Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Watermelon is Made Up of 92% Water</h3><p class='facts-content'>Perfect for hot summer days, watermelons are incredibly hydrating due to their high water content, making them a refreshing and healthy treat.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Watermelons Belong to the Cucumber Family</h3><p class='facts-content'>Along with fruits such as cucumbers, pumpkins, and squash, watermelons belong to the Cucurbitaceae family and demonstrate similar growth patterns and structures.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Watermelons Can Grow to Be Extremely Large</h3><p class='facts-content'>Among the largest fruits in the world, some watermelons have been known to weigh over 260 pounds according to the Guinness World Records.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><pclass='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>There are Over 1,200 Varieties of Watermelon</h3><p class='facts-content'>Coming in all different shapes, sizes, and colors, there are over 1,200 different varieties of watermelon worldwide, including seedless varieties and unique breeds such as the Golden Midget, which has a bright yellow outer shell.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Every Part of a Watermelon is Edible</h3><p class='facts-content'>Not just the juicy interior, but also the seeds and the rind are consumable. The latter is often used in pickles, stews or stir-fried dishes in many cultures.</p></div></div>

National Watermelon Day FAQs

When is National Watermelon Day?

National Watermelon Day is celebrated on August 3 every year. In 2024 National Watermelon Day will occur on a Saturday.

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