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Fun Ways to Celebrate National Friendship Day

Sadie Holloway is a workshop facilitator who teaches interpersonal communication skills to help people strengthen their relationships.

In the United States, National Friendship Day is celebrated on the first Sunday of August. In other parts of the world, friendships are celebrated on July 30th, which is known as International Friendship Day. Here are some fun and creative ways to celebrate Friendship Day with your nearest and dearest buddies.


Tell the World How Much Your Friends Mean to You

Write a special message on your friends’ Facebook pages letting them, and the rest of the world, know how much you appreciate them.

Give a Gift in Your Friend's Name to Her Favorite Charity

Let your friend know how much you admire her kindness, generosity, and genuine care and concern for others by making a donation in her name to her favorite charity. This is a great gift to give someone who has everything.

Compile a List of Quotes and Sayings About Friendship

Handwrite these quotes with ink, markers, and other colorful flourishes on single notecards and thin bind them together in a miniature chapbook. The video below features instructions on how to make a small notebook.

Treat Your Best Pal to a Movie That Celebrates Friendship

Some famous movies about powerful friendships include Beaches, The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, and Clueless. Movies for besties can also include kids films that celebrate friendships of all stripes. The Fox and the Hound and The Incredible Journey are touching movies about unlikely friendships that thrive in spite of differences.

Give Your Best Friend a Token of Your Affection That She Can Keep With Her Forever

Breakaway friendship charms may seem old-fashioned and dated, but the ideas really is timeless. If you look around hard enough you can find contemporary friendship charms that suit different tastes and styles. Or you could order a custom-made charm or pendant from a specialty jeweller.

A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.

— William Shakespeare

Send a Letter or Card to Your Bestie on National Friendship Day

Celebrating your best friend on national Friendship Day can be hard if you live miles apart. That’s all the more reason to send a card to her to let her know that you are thinking of her. When you inscribe your card, be sure to tell her about the one-of-a-kind ways she makes your world a better place. Be specific. Tell inside jokes. Reminisce. Anything that shows your best friend that you know her inside out and will always have a place in your heart for her, no matter how far apart you are, is suitable for sharing on Friendship Day.

Surprise Your Best Friend on National Friendship Day

A bouquet of flowers, a spontaneous girlfriend getaway, or a trip to the spa are lovely ways to give thanks to the one who is always there for you.

Don't limit yourself to how you think you should celebrate your platonic friendships. Think about all the fun ways men and women surprise one another. Romantic gestures can still be expressed between platonic friends. Why should couples be the ones who get warm and fuzzy messages displayed up on Jumbotrons and written in the sky? Do you have to be in a romantic relationship to surprise someone with a flash mob dance number? Of course not! The most important thing about celebrating Friendship Day is that you want the other person to feel special, fabulous, out of this world!

If you have more than a few best friends or you have a tight circle of friends and you simply can't chose one friend over another, why not plan a group gathering that celebrates your close knit community?


Have a Dinner Party in Honor of a Handful of Your Nearest and Dearest Friends

Serve a smorgasboard that includes at least one favorite dish for each friend. Go all out to spoil your friends and bring back childhood memories of how much fun kids birthday parties once were. Update kids’ games with adult party games and activities. Instead of hiring a clown or a magician, hire someone to come in and do Tarot card readings or manicures and makeovers.

Raise Your Glass

Write a special toast to honor each of your friends and let them know why they mean so much to you. Take turns making each person at your dinner party feel like the guest of honor.


On National Friendship Day, don't just give thanks for the friends you do have, make up your mind to make new friends. Go out into the world with a desire to be friendlier, kinder and more patient with strangers. You never know the impact that a warm smile or a random act of kindness might have on someone struggling with loneliness or despair.

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

— Philo

© 2017 Sadie Holloway