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National Watermelon Month

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Date When Celebrated:

July is National Watermelon Month

National Watermelon Day is celebrated on July 31

It's July and summer is in full swing. It's hot and muggy, time to seek out a cold and refreshing summer treat. It's time for some watermelon. We've got exciting news. You get to spend the whole month of July celebrating and enjoying watermelon. It's very likely that in addition to enjoying slices of juicy watermelon, you will enjoy it in many other forms, too. Try Watermelon daiquiris, watermelon coolers, watermelon candy and even watermelon gum.

 

July is the peak harvest month for watermelons, They ripen just in time for the Fourth of July holiday. That's when we celebrate and enjoy baseball, hot dogs, fireworks and watermelon. Yes sir, we certainly consume a lot of watermelons during the summer months. But, this healthy and nutritious fruit can and should be eaten in the other months of the year, too. Did you know that the entire watermelon is edible? The rind can be pickled and is also used in stir fries. The seeds can be roasted and eaten as a snack, similar to pumpkin seeds.

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.

 

We encourage you to celebrate watermelons all month long, and all summer for that matter. Take up the challenge to see how many different ways you can enjoy watermelons.

 

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National Watermelon Day


Today's Chuckle: When do you start on red and stop on green? ... when eating watermelon.


 

 The History and Origin of National Watermelon Month:

We did not discover the creator of this day. The National Watermelon Promotion Board sponsors and promotes this special holiday. It was formally declared in 2008.

 

Of interesting note: National Watermelon Month is 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 a true "National" day. In 2008, the U.S. Senate passed a unanimous resolution designating the month of July as National Watermelon Month. The U.S. House of Representatives in 2009 also declared July to be National Watermelon Month. According to the National Watermelon Promotion Board spokeswoman Stephanie Barlow: "Congress has given us the opportunity to celebrate watermelons like we have never done before with promotions that we may not have dreamt of."

 

Definition of "National" Days - and why it so important to distinguish and identify true national days.


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How to Grow Watermelon and watermelon facts


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