July 29th, 2014 | Miller Advisors

National watermelon day

As the youngest generation of Americans head back to school and summer comes to a close, it’s normal to want to hang onto the joy of these sweltering, simple months a little longer. And what evokes “sweet summertime” better than picking out a juicy watermelon and sharing it with your family?

National Watermelon Day is August 3, and this is the year to take your celebrations to the next level. You might be thinking, “How could I possibly make watermelon more delicious than it already is?” Well, don’t fear–the ideas below are bound to unleash the watermelon wizard in you.

Watermelon Fruit Basket – All you’ll need for this is a watermelon, a knife, assorted fresh fruit of your choice and a certain flair for the artistic (but not much of one, thankfully). A quick Google search can provide you with every basket pattern imaginable

Salted Watermelon – Some of us have been doing this for years, while others might turn up their nose at the idea. If you’re just now jumping on the bandwagon, expect a surprisingly sweet and savory treat.

Drinks – Whether you prefer yours alcoholic or nonalcoholic, there’s a refreshing watermelon drink out there for everyone. Seasonal favorites include (but are in no way limited to) watermelon sangria, watermelon-cucumber juice and jalapeno watermelon limeade.

As August begins, it can be the little things that keep the summertime spirit alive. Getting together with family and friends and enjoying a refreshing treat, even with a new twist, is a great way to make the summer last even longer. However you celebrate National Watermelon Day, the sweetest part of it is sure to be spending time with the ones you love.

Source: Raymond James

Image: Emily Ho

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