National High Five Day

National High Five Day — Every year on the third Thursday of April, the air fills with a sense of camaraderie and positivity as people around the world celebrate National High Five Day.

National High Five Day

National High Five Day — Every year on the third Thursday of April, the air fills with a sense of camaraderie and positivity as people around the world celebrate National High Five Day.

This year, the day falls on April 18, 2024, marking a special occasion dedicated to the simple yet powerful gesture of the high five⁴.

The Origin of a Universal Gesture

The high five is a universal symbol of celebration, friendship, and encouragement. Its origins are as spontaneous as the act itself, often attributed to sports events where a moment of victory is shared between teammates. But did you know that National High Five Day has its roots in a college tradition? It all started in 2002 at the University of Virginia, where a group of students decided to spread joy and high fives across their campus².

A Day of Good Vibes and Great Causes

National High Five Day is more than just slapping palms; it’s about spreading good vibes and supporting meaningful causes. By participating in events like the live high-5-a-Thon, people can donate and send virtual high fives to these brave young individuals, making a difference one high five at a time.

How to Celebrate

So, how can you join in the celebration? Here are a few ideas:

  • Send a Virtual High Five: In today’s digital age, a virtual high five can go a long way. Use the hashtag #NationalHighFiveDay on social media to spread the word and send a message of support to those in need².
  • Participate in Fundraisers: Look for local events or online campaigns that are raising funds for CoachArt or other charities. Your high five could contribute to a child’s smile¹.
  • Create a High Five Chain: Challenge your friends, family, or colleagues to a high five chain. See how long you can keep it going and maybe even set a new record!
  • Reflect on the Power of Encouragement: Take a moment to think about the impact a simple gesture can have. Share stories of how a high five has lifted your spirits or helped you through a tough time.

A High Five to You!

Let’s remember the power of connection and the joy that can be found in the smallest of gestures. Whether you’re giving a high five in person or sending one across the digital divide, each one represents a shared moment of happiness and support.

So, get ready to raise your hand high and slap some palms – National High Five Day is here to remind us that no matter where we are, a high five can always bring us a little closer together.

Future Dates of High Five Day

  • 2025 – April 17
  • 2026 – April 16
  • 2027 – April 15
  • 2028 – April 20
  • 2029 – April 19

Lesser-known facts about High Fives

Sure, here are some lesser-known facts about high fives:

  1. Origins: The high five is believed to have originated in the 1970s. It’s often credited to basketball players, specifically Dusty Baker and Glenn Burke of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who popularized the gesture during a game in 1977.
  2. National High Five Day: There’s actually a National High Five Day celebrated on the third Thursday of April each year. It was started in 2002 by a group of University of Virginia students.
  3. Variations: There are many variations of the high five, including the low five, the air five, and the double high five. Each variation has its own unique style and cultural significance.
  4. Health Benefits: High fives can boost morale and create a sense of camaraderie among individuals. Studies have shown that physical touch, like high fives, can release oxytocin, a hormone associated with bonding and happiness.
  5. World Record: The Guinness World Record for the most high fives given in one hour by an individual is 2,392, achieved by Nate Lind in 2012. He set this record to raise awareness for multiple sclerosis.
  6. In Space: High fives have even been performed in space! Astronauts have been known to celebrate successful missions or milestones with high fives aboard spacecraft.

High fives are not just a simple gesture; they can symbolize encouragement, celebration, and solidarity among people.


  1. National High Five Day 2024: Date, History, Significance, How To Celebrate
  2. What is National High Five Day? — National High Five Day
  3. National High Five Day
  4. A Brief History of the High Five | Mental Floss
  5. National High Five Day — Day Finders

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