Cheers! to the National Watermelon Day, a Day of Juicy Delights

This delightful occasion presents a perfect excuse to indulge in the refreshing treat of watermelons and explore the fascinating history behind the day. 

By: THURSD. | 26-07-2023 | 7 min read
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National Watermelon Day is a celebration of the watermelon fruit

Picture a warm summer's day, the sun bright and overhead, slices of watermelon just at hand, as well as a glass of cold watermelon juice. There's no denying the allure of this beloved summer fruit. And that's why August 3rd, of every year brings people together to celebrate National Watermelon Day

The vibrant, juicy, and oh-so-refreshing watermelon fruit has long been a beloved summer fruit. And what better way to celebrate this delightful fruit than with a dedicated day? This delightful occasion presents a perfect excuse to indulge in the refreshing treat of watermelons and explore the fascinating history behind the day. 

Origins of the Fruit and Significance of National Watermelon Day

The exact origins of National Watermelon Day still remain a puzzle, but it's believed to have emerged as a way to honor this delectable fruit that dates back some 5,000 years to southern Africa, and which brings delight during the peak of its season. 


Celebrating National Watermelon Day
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Watermelons have been cultivated for thousands of years, with evidence of their consumption found in ancient Egyptian tombs and depicted in Greek and Roman Art. Loved for their succulent flesh and hydrating properties, watermelons have consequently become synonymous with summertime and outdoor gatherings.

The Evolution of National Watermelon Day

Over time, National Watermelon Day has evolved into a global celebration that crosses borders and cultures. It's no wonder that countries around the world have adopted this festive occasion to revel in the delights of this iconic fruit.

In the United States, watermelon festivals are held in various states, such as Georgia, Alabama, and Indiana, where participants engage in lively competitions like seed spitting, watermelon eating contests, and electing the local Watermelon Queen. These events attract locals and tourists alike, showcasing the versatility and cultural significance of watermelons.

Did you know there is even a National Watermelon Queen that is elected every year? Her job-for-a-year is to travel throughout the United States and possibly foreign markets promoting the watermelon industry making guest appearances. She will give tips on the selection of watermelon in addition to the nutritional and economic value of the product.


National Watermelon Queen
The 2023 US National Watermelon Queen Olivia Johnson.
Photo by National Watermelon Queen.


Suika no Hi

In Japan, the fruit has its own unique celebration known as ‘Suika no Hi’ or ‘Watermelon Day.’ On this day, families gather to enjoy slices of chilled watermelon and engage in traditional activities like watermelon smashing or ‘suikawari’, where blindfolded participants try to crack open a watermelon using a wooden stick while being guided by the sound of their friends' voices.

Throughout Europe, watermelon festivals have gained popularity, with events featuring live music, watermelon-inspired culinary creations, and even watermelon-themed fashion shows. These festivities highlight the vibrant colors and flavors of watermelon while fostering a sense of community and camaraderie.


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A Global Fiesta: Celebrating National Watermelon Day

Happy National Watermelon Day isn't just an exclamation; it is a global sentiment. Across the world, different countries celebrate this delightful occasion in their own unique ways.

In the United States which is the birthplace of National Watermelon Day, watermelon festivals are held offering visitors the chance to sample an array of watermelon-based treats, from cocktails to desserts.


Celebrating National Watermelon Day
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In Japan, as mentioned earlier, ‘Suika no Hi’ brings families together for watermelon-centric activities, and also the participants indulge in the fruit's juicy goodness. Also renowned for its reverence for nature and seasonal delights, Japan celebrates National Watermelon Day with a touch of elegance where you’ll most likely see meticulously arranged watermelon displays at traditional tea ceremonies, where the fruit's refreshing sweetness perfectly complements the tranquil ambiance.

In China, watermelons hold great significance in Chinese culture, symbolizing good luck and prosperity. The Chinese, therefore, celebrate National Watermelon Day by exchanging watermelons as gifts and incorporating them into festive dishes.

For Brazil where watermelons are abundant, National Watermelon Day is celebrated with street fairs, live music performances, and watermelon-themed art exhibitions.

In Spain, National Watermelon Day coincides with the peak of summer. During this occasion, Spaniards gather in parks, beaches, and plazas to indulge in juicy slices of watermelon under the warm Mediterranean sun. It's a celebration of life's simple pleasures.


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Australia also isn't left behind. Despite being in the middle of their winter during the month of August, Australians join in the fun by organizing indoor watermelon-themed events, including recipe contests and watermelon carving competitions.

Watermelon’s World of Wonders: The Health Benefits and Culinary Delights

Beyond their refreshing taste, watermelons offer a myriad of health benefits. With a high water content and essential nutrients, they keep us hydrated and provide a natural source of vitamins A and C. The delightful watermelons also contain lycopene, an antioxidant known for its potential to reduce the risk of certain diseases.

Furthermore, watermelons are incredibly versatile in the kitchen too. From classic fruit salads and refreshing smoothies to inventive savory dishes like watermelon gazpacho or watermelon feta salad, there's absolutely no limit to the culinary delights that this fruit can inspire.


How to Celebrate National Watermelon Day
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With the fruit, you can also make watermelon Pizza, which is a quirky twist on the classic pizza. Watermelon pizza features watermelon slices as the base, topped with a medley of fresh fruits, mint leaves, and a drizzle of honey. It's a burst of flavors and colors!

You can also make watermelon salsa by swapping tomatoes for juicy watermelon cubes in this refreshing salsa. Combine diced watermelon, jalapeños, red onions, cilantro, lime juice, and a sprinkle of salt for a zesty and sweet dip that pairs perfectly with tortilla chips or grilled meats.

There’s also the watermelon smoothie bowl that you can make by blending frozen watermelon chunks, Greek yogurt, and a splash of lime juice to create a thick and creamy smoothie. Then pour it into a bowl, and top it with your favorite fruits, granola, and a sprinkle of chia seeds for a nutritious and Instagram-worthy breakfast.


Celebrating National Watermelon Day
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The classic watermelon salad that features a combination of juicy watermelon cubes, feta cheese, mint leaves, and a drizzle of balsamic glaze for a vibrant and refreshing summer salad is also another delight that you can enjoy, as it is a delightful balance of sweet and savory flavors.

Spreading the Watermelon Joy: How to Celebrate National Watermelon Day

Giving Back on National Watermelon Day is not just about indulging in the fruit's deliciousness, it's also an opportunity to give back to the community. Many organizations and charities take part in watermelon-themed fundraising events, donating proceeds to local food banks, children's hospitals, and agricultural programs. 


How to Celebrate National Watermelon Day
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You can also partake in a number of festivities to mark this day and celebrate this beloved fruit in your own unique way.

You could organize a watermelon-themed picnic with friends and family, complete with watermelon-inspired dishes, refreshing drinks, and outdoor games.

Or host a watermelon carving competition, where participants can showcase their artistic talents by creating intricate designs on watermelon rinds.

In addition, you could experiment with watermelon-based recipes, such as watermelon popsicles, watermelon salsa, or watermelon sorbet, to tantalize your taste buds.


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Or opt to support local farmers by purchasing fresh, locally grown watermelons and sharing the joy with your community.

One may also decide to just spread the word on social media using hashtags that support the day and share their favorite watermelon memories, recipes, and photos.

How About the Happy National Watermelon Day Festivities Begin Now?

All said and done, National Watermelon Day is a revelry of one of the summer's most refreshing fruits and a testament to the happiness and delights that it brings across different cultures and borders. This day is a reminder to assume the simple pleasures that bring people together and such is the watermelon fruit.


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So whether you're indulging in juicy slices, experimenting with watermelon-inspired dishes, participating in local celebrations, partaking in watermelon-themed activities, or simply savoring the sweet taste of watermelons in the comfort of your own backyard, it would be ideal to just allow the spirit of summer and National Watermelon Day take over and bring forth its bliss and delight.


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