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What day is National Girlfriends Day celebrated? August 1

What is National Girlfriends Day? National Girlfriends Day celebrates the special bond of friendship between girls, whether sisters or mothers, classmates or co-workers. These relationship tend to be the dearest of friends. Girlfriends enjoy spending time together, laughing together or sharing secrets. Girlfriends are there both in time of need and celebration.

The word “girlfriend” first appeared in 1859, according to Merriam-Webster.  It was originally defined as female friends. In the roaring 1920’s, the term “dating” became popular and before long girlfriend took on a second meaning of a romantic relationship between a boyfriend and a girlfriend.

To this day, “girlfriend” continues to have both meanings, either a platonic relationships between girls or someone you are in a romantic relationship with.

Who created this day? National Girlfriends Day was created in 2006 by Allie Savarino Kline and Sally Rodgers. The ladies also created a website that no longer exists (

How to celebrate: In keeping with the original intent of this day to celebrate gal pals, be sure to let your fellow girlfriends know how special or important they are to you. If you can, go out to lunch, take a walk, or a have a drink together with your girl-friend. Otherwise, engage in social media to connect in ways only girlfriends can!

Of course, if you are in a romantic relationship with a girlfriend, you can celebrate your special dating relationship with that special lady too. Just be sure to give your girlfriend her room to enjoy the ladies in her life that make her who she is today.

What is the hashtag? The hashtag for National Girlfriends Day is #NationalGirlfriendsDay.

What other national days are there for girls or girlfriends? Several other national days have sprung up to celebrate girls, women and family, including:

  • Int’l Day of the Girl Child October 11
  • Sisters Day First Sunday in August
  • Siblings Day April 10
  • Princess Day November 18
  • Daughters Day Fourth Sunday in September
  • Best Friends Day June 8
  • Friendship Day First Sunday in August

There are many other national days relating to families and relationships. In fact, National Day Archives has a separate category just for families. Browse it by using the category button on the top left of the webpage.