Friendship Day is a simple, beautiful thing: a day for acknowledging, celebrating, and being grateful for friends. It is celebrated annually the first Sunday of August.
Inspired? Create and share by tagging @HallmarkStores.
What is Friendship Day?
J.C. Hall, founder of Hallmark Cards, introduced the world to Friendship Day in 1919. As the father of the greeting card industry, Hall noted that noted that while we have special days to celebrate Mothers, Fathers and sweethearts, there was no special set aside for some of the most important people in our lives.
When the idea was brought to the Greeting Card Association, its members voted to observe Sunday, August 6, 1922, the first Sunday in the month as the first official Friendship Day, and for years after, indications pointed to Friendship Day being widely observed, sometimes even as often as Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.
In years following many other thought leaders followed suit: in 1935, the United States Congress proclaimed the first Sunday of August as National Friendship day. Several other countries adopted the tradition in the years following, and the United Nations General Assembly began observing International Friendship day in 2011. Today many countries in Asia and South America still celebrate Friendship day with gatherings, gifts and remembrances of all kinds.
How to celebrate Friendship Day
There are as many ways to celebrate Friendship Day as there are friends. Here are a few ideas for affirming your besties, buds, and BFF’s on the big day:
- Take to social media and post tributes of your pals.
- Write a card or letter to a friend. List the things you love about them, share a favorite memory, or retell the history of your friendship.
- Call or skype a faraway friend and have a good old catch up.
- Send a message to your oldest friend, your newest friend, a childhood friend, and a friend with whom you’ve lost touch.
- Get together with the whole squad and toast to your fantastic bond – while making old-school friendship bracelets!
When is Friendship Day?
Friendship Day is celebrated the first Sunday of August each year. Here at the dates for the upcoming holidays:
- Sunday, August 5, 2018
- Sunday, August 4, 2019
- Sunday, August 2, 2020
- Sunday, August 1, 2021
- Sunday, August 7, 2022
Vintage Friendship Day Cards
Check out these vintage Hallmark cards…
…from the early days of the celebration (and Hallmark!)
Shop FriendshipSee all
You may also likeSee more
Anniversary Anniversary gifts by year
There are a lot of anniversary gift lists out there. Most hit the major milestones with traditional and modern the...
Arts, Crafts & DIY How to make a DIY money lei for graduations, weddings, birthdays and more
In Hawaii, people give leis to celebrate lots of different occasions. A money lei is a great way to celebrate a gr...
Birthday What to write in a birthday card
Some people have no problem coming up with what to write in a birthday card. Just hand them a pen and they’ll effortl...
Father's Day The history of Father's Day and how Hallmark cards for dads have evolved
We all know Father’s Day is the holiday that falls about a month after Mother’s Day. Mostly because that’s when famil...
Father's Day Free printable Father's Day coloring pages for Dad's #1 fans
Dads take so much pride in their kids’ talents. And if you know a dad who’s been claiming his son or daughter was the...
Mother's Day Free, printable Mother's Day coloring pages to make Mom's heart melt
Moms treasure their kids’ art like no one else. So what better way to brighten up Mom’s special day than by gifting h...
Mother's Day The history of Mother’s Day: Fraught beginnings and fun facts
Ah, Mother’s Day. The one day a year we spoil the women who spoil us the other 364. I think we all can agree Mother’s...
Mother's Day Mother's Day without Mom: Remembering lost loved ones with new traditions
This Mother’s Day will be my third without my mom. She died just before Thanksgiving and Christmas in 2020, which mad...
Spring History of Administrative Professionals Day
Three people led the effort to create Administrative Professionals Day/Week: Mary Barrett, a past president of the...
Easter Easter Eggs-travaganza: Our favorite Easter egg ideas
When it comes to Easter, we think both adults AND kids deserve to have some fun and make fabulous, way-too-pretty-to-...
St. Patrick's Day Free Printable St. Patrick’s Day Coloring Pages for Your Little Leprechauns
If you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, then you know it’s all about sharing love, luck and fun. And what could be more f...
Easter Free printable Easter coloring pages to brighten up your celebration
One of the best things about Easter—in addition to faith, family and food—is all the colors. So we figured we’d throw...
Spring History of Teacher Appreciation Week
People in the United States started celebrating National Teacher Day in 1953 when Eleanor Roosevelt persuaded Cong...
Spring History of Nurses Day
In 1953, an official with the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare proposed that President Dwight D. E...
Congratulations Rewards for Kids: 10 Parents Share Their Tips for Celebrating Achievements
One of the most important tools parents have to shape their kids’ behavior is the power of positive feedback. But as ...
Congratulations How to Give a Toast from the Heart
At some point in your life, you’ll need to give a toast. You might get advance notice as a Maid of Honor or host o...
Congratulations How to Say Congratulations (Even When You'd Really Rather Not)
Congratulating others is easy and fun, right? Like when your friend worked really hard and got that awesome job ma...
New Year's Guilt-Free New Year's Resolutions
“New Year’s resolutions.” To some, those words are filled with pure possibility...an invitation to start anew, comple...
New Year's New Year's Resolution Ideas for Groups
New Year’s resolutions are pretty lonely deals. It’s just you and that thing you have to live up to. Ack! No wonde...
Christmas A Christmas tribute: meaningful ways to weave memories of lost loved ones into new holiday traditions
For many of us, Christmas is the time of year when we miss our lost loved ones the most. Finding ways to memoriali...