National Couple’s Day

Romance is in the air every August 18th in the United States as couples across the country celebrate National Couple’s Day. Unlike holidays that honor familial bonds like Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, this holiday specifically celebrates romantic relationships and significant others. It’s a perfect opportunity for couples to showcase their love.

National Couple's Day

History of the Holiday

National Couple’s Day was created in 2015 by widow Alice M.W. Spencer in memory of her late husband Ralph Spencer. The holiday was purposely established on August 18th to honor the anniversary of the Spencers’ first date in 1916.

Alice wanted to commemorate their enduring love and inspire present-day couples to celebrate their relationships. She chose the summer date hoping romantic outdoor activities like picnics, hikes, and sunset views would be easily incorporated into celebrations.

The holiday gained popularity through social media and is now observed by couples nationwide. It joins other relationship-focused holidays like Valentine’s Day and Sweetest Day in commemorating romantic bonds. However, National Couple’s Day specifically emphasizes celebrating togetherness as a couple.

How to Observe

National Couple’s Day offers couples endless options for honoring their relationships. Here are some fun ways to celebrate:

  • Exchange heartfelt cards professing love and appreciation for one another.
  • Surprise your partner with their favorite flowers, chocolate or other pampering gifts.
  • Create personalized mixtapes or playlists with “our songs” meaningful to your relationship.
  • Cook a romantic dinner together sipping wine by candlelight.
  • Pack a picnic lunch and dine at a scenic park, beach or botanical gardens.
  • Hike while holding hands and enjoy idyllic views. Stop for a selfie together.
  • Take a pottery/painting/cooking class together trying something new.
  • Reminisce over old photos and mementos from your time together.
  • Dress up for a classy date night out whether dining or dancing the night away.
  • pen a scrapbook or journal of favorite memories and moments from your relationship.
  • Watch the sunset cuddled up together reflecting on your love.
  • Soak in a bubble bath or give each other massages after a long day.
  • Play carnival games like ring toss or balloon darts in your backyard together.
  • Stargaze while discussing dreams for the future – both individually and as a couple.

Making Long Distance Work

Long distance couples can also celebrate National Couple’s Day through creative virtual dates:

  • Deliver gifts or flowers to each other’s homes to unwrap together over video chat.
  • Cook the same romantic meal “together” while face-timing your cooking efforts.
  • Video chat while taking a virtual museum tour online or watching a concert.
  • Play virtual interactive games or try long distance apps that allowEverything from traddoing activities in sync.
  • Write electronic open when letters to exchange and read later during milestones.
  • Watch nostalgic movies or TV shows together via browser extensions.
  • Create a shared virtual photo album looking back on your relationship moments.
  • Fall asleep together on call listening to soothing music or rain sounds.

The key is celebrating your unique bond in a way that’s meaningful for your relationship.

Romantic Getaways

Many couples choose to celebrate National Couple’s Day by getting away on a romantic trip. Popular destinations include:

  • Beach escapes offering walks on the shore, sunsets, and cozy cafes.
  • Mountain retreats with stunning vistas and opportunities for hiking together in nature.
  • All-inclusive resorts with spas, pools, restaurants and activities perfectly packaged.
  • Quaint bed and breakfast inns ideal for relaxation.
  • Camping vacations under the stars.
  • Road trips along scenic highways in a convertible with the top down.
  • City weekends with museums, shows, dining and relaxation.

Get creative planning a romantic itinerary you’ll both enjoy!

Romance Year Round

While having one special day to celebrate your relationship is lovely, the most meaningful way to observe National Couple’s Day is by carrying that feeling year-round. Make regular efforts to nurture romance and connection in your partnership with simple gestures like:

  • Leaving love notes for your partner to find throughout their day.
  • Texting just to say “Thinking of you!”
  • Bringing home their favorite treat or takeout meal after a long day.
  • Voicing genuine appreciation for something they contribute, however small.
  • Making time for date nights without distractions.
  • Slow dancing in the kitchen while dinner’s cooking.
  • Flirting! Winks, compliments and playfulness go a long way.
  • Becoming their cheerleader supporting their goals and passions.
  • Trying new adventures and making new memories together.
  • Cuddling, kissing and saying “I love you” daily.

The beauty of National Couple’s Day is celebrating the relationships that bring us joy, support, and create meaning in our lives. Make sure your significant other feels valued not just for one day, but for all days to come.