National Watermelon Day

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Buckle up, fruit lovers! It's time to delve deep into the juicy and sweet universe of Watermelon Day. Yes, you read it right! There is indeed a national day dedicated solely to the celebration of this glorious fruit that makes summer a zillion times better.

When is Watermelon Day?

It's national watermelon day on the 4th August.

What’s the Buzz About?

With 55939 online mentions and the highest chatter seen on the 4th of August 2018, National Watermelon Day has seen a surge in popularity. It's the one day where people rejoice in their love for watermelons, host parties, and savor this fruity joy like there's no tomorrow.

A Slice of History

Although the origins of this juicy celebration are somewhat hazy, there's no questioning its delightful and refreshing significance. The first documented watermelon harvest happened nearly 5000 years ago in Egypt. Presumably, the tradition made its way across continents and modern internet culture has wholeheartedly embraced this celebration of the ultimate summer fruit.

Seeds of Celebration

People celebrate Watermelon Day in various ways. From watermelon eating competitions to making artistically carved watermelon centerpieces, the fun is boundless. There is also a rise in the sharing of watermelon-themed recipes, contributing to the 04 August 2018 pinnacle in online mentions.

Why We Love Watermelon Day

What’s not to love? Watermelon is juicy, sweet, and incredibly refreshing. But it’s not just the taste that seals the deal. Watermelon is also packed with vitamins A, B6 and C, and consists of about 92% water. So, you’re also keeping yourself hydrated while munching away a massive slice of watermelon.

In the end, National Watermelon Day goes beyond the fruit—it's an ode to the little joys that make life sweet.

History behind the term 'Watermelon'

5000 BCE

Ancient Beginnings

Watermelon has been cultivated for thousands of years, with evidence of its consumption in Ancient Egypt dating back to around 5000 BCE. Carvings of watermelons have been found in Egyptian tombs, indicating its significance in the culture.

10th Century

Spread across Continents

Arab traders introduced watermelon to the Middle East and India during the 10th century. The fruit thrived in the warm climates of these regions and its popularity spread rapidly across the continents.


Arrival in the Americas

European colonizers brought watermelon to the Americas during the 1600s. Its cultivation quickly spread throughout the New World, becoming a staple in American agriculture.

17th Century

Watermelon in European Courts

Watermelon gained favor among European nobility during the 17th century. Queen Catherine de Medici of France was particularly fond of the fruit and had it served at lavish royal banquets, enhancing its prestige.

19th Century

Commercialization and Hybridization

In the 19th century, watermelon cultivation and commercialization expanded significantly. Farmers began experimenting with hybridization, leading to the development of sweeter and more desirable varieties.

20th Century

Watermelon in Popular Culture

During the 20th century, watermelon became deeply ingrained in popular culture. Its vibrant red flesh and refreshing taste made it a summer staple, often associated with picnics, barbecues, and beach parties.


Versatile Fruit

Watermelon continues to be loved worldwide for its delightful flavor and hydrating properties. It is not only consumed as a juicy snack but also used in various culinary creations, such as salads, smoothies, and desserts.

Did you know?

Did you know that watermelons are 92% water? That's right! They got their name for a reason.


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First identified

29th July 2015

Most mentioned on

4th August 2018

Total mentions


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