National Boyfriend Day – October 3, 2020

Sat Oct 3

What is National Boyfriend Day?

National Boyfriend Day falls on October 3. It’s a day to let your boyfriend know how much he means to you. National Boyfriend Day reminds everyone with a boyfriend to take special notice of that special someone and how they make your life better. 

History of National Boyfriend Day

We’re making 2020 the year that National Boyfriend Day official becomes a really big “thing!” As far as we can tell, this day is a totally internet-generated phenomenon. The first reference we found is mentioned as Boyfriend Day, probably dated October  4, 2014.  But the day seems to gain traction by March 2016 with over 46,000 tweets!

Although there’s no sole officially-credited source that initiated this important day, some smart person probably realized boyfriends didn’t have their own acknowledged day and came up with this great idea. And why not? Girlfriends have their own day!

National Girlfriends Day is celebrated every August 1. This day was launched as a promotional tool for a book by Kathleen Laing and Elizabeth Butterfield, “Girlfriends Getaway,” which was published in 2002.  For those who are new to Girlfriends Day, it’s a special day for hanging with your crew of ladies or, guys, doing something extra special for that favored lady in your life.  Celebrate with gifts, a special outing or just that quality time that means so much.

National Boyfriend Day is increasing in its popularity, not only domestically but around the world. Let’s keep this thing going so that great boyfriends get the love and appreciation they so richly deserve every year.

National Boyfriend Day Related Holidays

National Girlfriends Day

National Girlfriends Day

National Girlfriends Day is celebrated every year on August 1. It’s a bonding occasion for women and girls to spend time doing fun things together and showing appreciation for their friendship.  This day was launched as a promotional tool for a book by Kathleen Laing and Elizabeth Butterfield, “Girlfriends Getaway,” which was published in 2002. 

National Ex Day

National Ex Day

Although there’s no actual day for National Ex Day, there is a celebration for former spouses. National Ex-Spouse Day every April 14 is a day to recognize the good person with whom you originally fell in love.  It’s a day to admire the person you married and how well that person has transitioned back into being a friend once the marriage is over. This is helpful especially if you are co-parenting a child (or maybe, a dog) together. Who says former lovers can’t be friends?

National Couples Day

Couples actually get two days to honor their union. National Couples Day is August 18 and Couples Appreciation Day is May 1. These are celebrated annually with the idea of having a special day to reinforce your strength as a couple. You can take a studio photograph together or share gifts that have a unique meaning that only the two of you can appreciate. Take some time to be alone as a way of reinforcing that strong, loving bond. 

National Kissing Day

Everybody looks forward to  National Kissing Day or World Kiss Day on July 6 each year. Kissing is one of the most pleasurable things we do to show love and appreciation in a physical way.  The day is rumored to have originated in England in the 19th century. Kissing can be a way to lose weight (at least 6 calories per kiss) and mothers bond early with their children by kissing.

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National Boyfriend Day timeline

2014

"Blank Space"

Taylor Swift released her song "Blank Space", personally poking fun of her "long list of ex lovers."

2011

K-Pop invasion

South Korean boy group by the name of Boyfriend was formed by Starship Entertainment.

1920s

So long gentlemen callers

The word "dating" officially entered the American English language. Prior to the Roaring Twenties, courtship was a matter of family and community interest. Women were visited by gentlemen callers, who would arrive at their home in hopes of beginning a courtship. However, this concept began to slowly fade when the idea of dating began to develop. 

1909

Someone's got a boyfriend

The term boyfriend comes into common use, originally meaning "woman's paramour." 

National Boyfriend Day - Survey Results

Data insights generated by a top Los Angeles PR Firm:

National Boyfriend Day Statistics

59% of people say online dating was a great way to meet people
In this new age, most of us are too busy to go out to meet new people, and others want to skip the scouting and go straight to the audition. Over half of the dating pool in the US agree that online dating is a great and convenient way to meet someone new. This is more than the 44% of people in 2005 who viewed online dating as an innovative way to cultivate new relationships.
 
56% of men want to discuss marriage after six months
If you’re in a relationship for half a year, odds are you want to be in that same relationship for the long run. In fact, over half of men and women start discussing marriage after six months of being together. Though six months doesn’t equate to the rest of your lives, for some people it’s a good amount of time to understand if you and your partner actually click, and if they’re someone you could see yourself getting old and wrinkly with.
 
83% of men prefer to make the first move
Men like to be wined and dined too, y’all! Though it’s engrained in our society that men must make the first move, some men want to feel desired too. But honestly, it’s 2020. Who cares who asked who out, as long as you have a good time together and value each other’s company.

National Boyfriend Day FAQs

What is National Girlfriend Day?

National Girlfriends Day is dedicated to the idea of sisterhood among women and their friends. On this day, girls and women hang out together and do activities that help them all to bond.

What Does National Boyfriend Day Mean?

National Boyfriend Day honors the men who treat their girlfriends with love and respect all year long. This day offers a way for the girlfriends to show appreciation to their boyfriends by buying gifts, taking them on outings or just spending great quality time together.

Is there a National Ex Day?

Not exactly. There’s a National Ex-Spouse Day. It’s a day to honor those ex-spouses who have transitioned the relationships into productive friendships. This day rolls around annually on April 14.

What National Day is October 3?

There are several great days on October 3 to note. Along with National Boyfriend Day, there’s also National Kevin Day, Mean Girls Day and National Poetry Day. 

National Boyfriend Day Activities

  1. Double your fun at the cost for one

    Take advantage of a Groupon or other deal. That way you can check out a new restaurant or one you wouldn’t normally be able to afford. You'll save money but you won't skimp on fun!

  2. Show the world you're an awesome duo

    Get a professional photo of both of you and make it sexy! Sometimes a selfie just won't do. You can still find reasonably priced studio photographers online.

  3. Roller skate like they did back in the day

    Hit the rink on an 80s night and learn to skate backwards! Wear your shortest shorts and let your man know why you chose him. Then get your groove on.

5 Of The Steamiest Love Songs To Slowdance With Your Boyfriend

  1. So many babies were born because of this song

    The song, “Always and Forever” has been melting hearts since it was first recorded by Heatwave in 1976 and later by the great Luther Vandross in 1994.

  2. Nobody talks a better game than a country boy

    If you love some country music, slow dance to Tim McGraw and Faith Hill on "The Rest of Our Lives."

  3. She's the Queen Bae for a reason

    Beyonce's "Slow Love" tells you exactly what she would do with her boyfriend!

  4. So, the question remains, are they or aren't they?

    One of the hottest, steamiest songs to hit the airwaves in years is the collab between Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in "Shallow." This song smokes so much, that everyone wants to know if this is a real-life couple but only time will tell!

  5. How many couples have walked down the aisle to this?

    "Rapture" by song stylist, Anita Baker, just sizzles with sensuality. Put this on for your boyfriend and remember we told you so!

Why We Celebrate National Boyfriend Day (Part 2)

  1. They try to put their best foot forward

    Whether it’s picking you up for a date, fixing things around your apartment, or offering to pay for dinner, the best boyfriends try hard to make a good impression. They know relationships need work and effort, no matter how long you two have been together. So, show your man some love today!

  2. They’re your partner in crime

    Everyone needs a “partner in crime” and boyfriends are usually up to the task. A great boyfriend doesn’t just listen to your stories — he makes himself an accomplice to the protagonist: you! Whether you need a buddy to go to the taco stand across the street or to travel halfway across the world, your boyfriend is always by your side, adding to your story. Thank you, boyfriends of the world, for always being there!

  3. They can keep a secret

    Your boyfriend may not admit it, but he, too, gossips with his "boys." If you’ve got a burning secret, trust your boyfriend to lend a safe ear! Bonus: because you’re his sweetie, if you're in the middle of a dispute, you can "take it to the bank" that your boyfriend will always take your side!

National Boyfriend Day dates

YearDateDay
2020October 3Saturday
2021October 3Sunday
2022October 3Monday
2023October 3Tuesday
2024October 3Thursday

Let’s get social

Here are some special hashtags for the day.

#NationalBoyfriendDay #ManCrushEveryday #CoupleGoals

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