National Watermelon Day
About National Watermelon Day
Date When Celebrated: National Watermelon Day is always observed on August 3
This big and juicy fruit deserves it’s own big day. So, we give pause to celebrate watermelons on National Watermelon Day. Sweet and tasty, watermelons, are one of summer’s favorite fruit. It’s standard fare at picnics. While watermelon is over 90% water, it sure tastes good. And, what picnic would be complete without a seed spitting contest?
Summer is the time to consume watermelons in large quantities. They ripen in the field in July and August, and even earlier in some southern states. July is the peak month, just in time for Fourth of July picnics. But, please don’t limit your consumption of watermelon to just this month. Stores carry watermelon for twelve months of the year.
World Record Watermelon: Watermelons can grow quite large, make that huge. Sure, there are small, home garden varieties that just about fit into the palm of your hand. But, watermelons can weigh hundreds of pounds each. The world record heaviest watermelon weighed in at 350.5 pounds on October 4, 2013. It was grown by Chris Kent of Sevierville, Tennessee.
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How to Celebrate National Watermelon Day
It’s easy to celebrate this food holiday. Put watermelon on your menu for lunch, dinner, or a snack.
And, if you’re over 21 have a watermelon daiquiri today!
History and Origin of National Watermelon Day
The National Watermelon Promotion Board sponsors this special holiday. They told us they did not create this holiday and do not know who did. In answering why this date was chosen, spokesperson Stephanie Barlow stated “Every day is National Watermelon Day to us!”
This holiday goes back to at least 2005.
Of interesting note: National Watermelon Month is in July, while National Watermelon Day is in August. No one knows why this is, although it gives us an extra day to celebrate watermelons!
This is not a true “National” day. Neither the U.S. Congress nor the President of the United States has proclaimed today to be National Watermelon Day.
Definition of “National” Days – and why it is so important to distinguish and identify true national days.
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