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What day is National Friendship Day celebrated? First Sunday in August, i.e. August 5, 2018. August 4, 2019, August 2, 2020, August 1, 2021, August 7, 2022.

What is National Friendship Day? National Friendship Day is a day to remind your friends that they are valued and loved.

When was this day created? National Friendship Day was initially started by Hallmark in 1919. Hallmark used this day to encourage people to celebrate friendship by sending loved ones greeting cards. The card industry suffered during the Great Depression and the National Friendship Day was lost only to reemerge in 1998 when Winnie the Pooh was named the world’s Ambassador of Friendship at the United Nation.

How to celebrate: Reach out to all of your friends and tell them how special they are. If you live close, do something together. Time is something you’ll never get back, so be with your friends on National Friendship Day. If you can’t be together, use social media to connect. Send a note or talk on the phone. Then post to social media your pictures and memories.

What is the hashtag? Here are two popular hashtags for National Friendship Day: #NationalFriendshipDay and #friendshipday.

What other national days are there for friendship? Several other national days have sprung up to celebrate friendship, including:

  • National Best Friends Day: June 8
  • National Boyfriend Day: October 3
  • National Girlfriends Day: August 1
  • National Hanging Out Day: April 19
  • National I Love You Day: October 14
  • National Kissing Day: June 22
  • National Make a Friend Day: February 11
  • National Send a Card to a Friend Day: February 7
  • International Day of Friendship: July 30

There are many other national days relating to friendship. In fact, National Day Archives has a separate category just for friendship. (see link at top of page)

Have fun celebrating. Why not create a new national day for the loves of your life?