About National Best Friends Day
June 8th is National Best Friends Day in the United States and Canada. It is a day to celebrate friendship and spend some time with your best friend, showing them how much you appreciate them being in your life.
The origins of this holiday can be traced back to 1935, when the U.S. Congress declared June 8th as the chosen date for a holiday to honor friendship and close friends. It is thought that this specific day was chosen as the weather is usually good at this time of the year, which means that friends can celebrate the day together doing outdoor activities such as having picnics or going to the beach.
The holiday took a while to become popular. It was with the emergence of social media that National Best Friends Day rose in popularity across North America, with thousands of people sharing photos with their closest friends using the hashtag #nationalbestfriendsday.
National Best Friends Day is not a public holiday, businesses and schools remain open.
Surveys show that a majority of people consider their significant other to be their best friend. Moms and Dogs come as runner ups, sharing second place on the Best Friends leader board.
However, most people don't believe that you can only have one best friend, with 75% of Americans declaring a close-knit group of friends rather than only one best friend. The survey shows that the majority of people have met their current best friends in Elementary School or High School.