National Boyfriend Day - National Boyfriend Day — How you can celebrate your special guy with some fun and affordable ideas this National Boyfriends Day!

National Boyfriend Day 2024 – October 3, 2024

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.

When is National Boyfriend Day 2024?

National Boyfriend Day is celebrated on October 3 every year . Many also choose to celebrate National Girlfriend Day which is on August 1 annually.

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.A dual celebrationAs National Boyfriend Day was created due to the popularity of National Girlfriend Day, then it’s important to point out that National Girlfriend Day was originally created as a way for women to celebrate and hang out with their gal pals. The holiday’s purpose evolved over time and now it is seen as a dual celebration where people celebrate both their romantic girlfriends and also their platonic friendships too. With that in mind, we suggest that National Boyfriend Day doesn’t have to be all about showing love and affection for your male romantic partner. You can be showing your appreciation for male pals too. So, even if you’re not anyones romantic boyfriend, it doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate National Boyfriend Day.

National Boyfriend Day timeline

Someone's got a boyfriend

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

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. 

K-Pop invasion

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

Blank Space

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


Traditions for National Boyfriend Day vary from couple to couple. The bottom line is to hype up the guy who supports and loves us through the best and worst of times, and to appreciate him for being a good boyfriend. Some common traditions include gifting thoughtful presents, cooking your boyfriend’s favorite meal, getting tickets to his favorite concert or game, spending a fun day doing activities that the two of you enjoy, and of course, posting a picture of him on social media. Boys don’t hear it enough, so be sure to express your sentiments verbally and display small intimate gestures. 

National Boyfriend Day FAQs

Is National Boyfriend Day real?

National Boyfriend Day is on October 3 and is a day to celebrate the wonderful guy in your life. 

Is National Girlfriend day for couples?

National Girlfriend Day on August 1 is a day to celebrate girl power and the beautiful bond of friendship shared between girls. 

What is National Bae Day?

National Bae Day started as an internet phenomenon to celebrate the bae in our lives, and is now celebrated annually on June 10. 

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

Year Date Day
2022 October 3 Monday
2023 October 3 Tuesday
2024 October 3 Thursday
2025 October 3 Friday
2026 October 3 Saturday