Up high! On April 19, make sure to give a ‘high five’ to everyone you meet, because it’s High Five Day. Every year, National High Five Day is observed on the third Thursday in April. There are plenty of origin stories when it comes to the high five, but the most generally accepted dates back to 1977, when Dusty Baker and Glenn Burke of the Dodgers gave each other five in celebration of a perfect play. It’s come to mean “Congratulations!” “Hello!” or “Great job!” It will definitely put a smile on a friend’s face.
Why We Love National High Five Day
A. It’s traveled around the globe
Did you know that the high five is a universal gesture? People on every continent are doing it! In fact, one guy, Craig Lewis, even quit his job to high five the world! He traveled to 36 countries, high fiving his way through them all!
B. The High Five Challenge is a thing
That’s right, just like the Ice Bucket Challenge, there’s a High Five Challenge that raises money for kids impacted by chronic illness. The money goes to provide them with arts and athletics programs.
C. The Kid President loves them
Remember Kid President? He once famously said, “Give people high-fives just for getting out of bed. Being a person is hard sometimes.” Isn’t that the truth? We love giving high fives for everything!
How to Celebrate National High Five Day
1. Raise your hand up high
See a friend, or even a stranger coming your way? Raise your hand in the air. Smile. Swing your arm forward. Smack! If you’ve done it right, your palm should hit their palm, providing you with a resounding ‘thwack’ sound.
2. Teach a kid the art of the high five
There is nothing more fun than teaching a baby a new trick. This National High Five Day, find a baby, maybe yours or maybe another friend's baby, and teach them the art of saying hi with their hands.
3. Teach a dog to high five
Okay actually, teaching a baby a trick is fun but teaching a dog is even more fun! Find a dog and teach them to say hi with their paws!
Facts About The Low Five
1. The low five is the "too slow" variation of the high five
The rhyme starts, “Up high, down low” and then the hand is quickly taken away, so the slapper misses. Too slow!
2. The low five’s origins date back to a 1985 BBC show called “Lay on Five”
The theme song’s lyrics included the line, “…too slow to Lay on Five.”
3. The first movie sighting was in “The Principal”
1987’s “The Principa”l featured James Belushi as the principal, snatching his hand away before Jacob Vargas can give him a low five.
4. Apes do it, too
In the 2014 movie, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”, we find two apes giving the “too slow” version of the low five in the final scene.
5. The cooler five?
Some people say that the low five is the cooler cousin of the high five