National Watermelon Day: August 3

July 20, 2017

August 3 is National Watermelon Day and one of our favorite holidays in August! Watermelon is the perfect treat for this early August day (and any summer day, really)!

It’s National Watermelon Day!

To quote Mark Twain, “When one has tasted watermelon, he knows what the angels eat.” This American literary hero understood the serious deliciousness of this magical fruit (vegetable?), and, hopefully, on this beautiful day, you do, too.

It’s so refreshing and delicious, there’s a whole day devoted to it. See below for how best to prepare watermelon in our tips below.


  • Look for symmetrical round, oval, or oblong melons with a buttery yellow underbelly.
  • When a melon is picked up, it should feel heavy for its size.
  • Avoid melons with soft spots or bruises.

See more tips on when a watermelon is ripe (as well as other fruits and vegetables).


Watermelon Recipes

Try this Watermelon Basket With Honey Lime Dressing, a zesty spin on a traditional fruit salad.

To get you through the hottest part of midday day, cool off with this classic Watermelon Punch.

Save up your rinds and make pickled watermelon rinds for unconventional, yet refreshing, morsels. 

For dinner, marinate your chicken, pork, fish, or shellfish with this yummy Watermelon Barbeque Marinade.

Finish your wonderfully watermelon-filled day with a cool nightcap—these tasty Tipsy Strawberry Watermelon pops are the perfect end to a day!

These tips are recipes come courtesy of our new Almanac monthly magazine. Explore The Old Farmer’s Almanac EXTRA! here.



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