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Not quite like Valentine’s Day – this is about the girl friends. Two different words, referencing your friends. Not romantic entanglement, but friendly concourse and relaxation.

History of Girl Friend’s Day

Let us begin with what Girl Friend’s Day is – the day of the girl friend. A girl, well that definition is well and obvious for the most part. Occasional bending of that term may apply, but we all know what it means for each of us. A friend is a person to whom one knows and with whom one has a bond of mutual affection. That doesn’t mean sexual relations, just relations. We all have relations, and a friend is one who has a close relationship with us, no matter the context, it is that relationship that details them as a friend.

On August 1, 2004, Mistress Susan created a special day just for girl friends to express gratitude to one another. It’s a great chance to take your girl friends to go to the park, to a Broadway play, out to eat at a restaurant opening, see an indie movie, or to an upscale spa, perhaps!

National Girlfriends Day Timeline


Term “Girlfriend” comes into use

At this point, the term is used to describe the childhood friend of a little girl, however it will eventually morph over time.[1]


Term “Girlfriend” takes on a romantic role

At this point, the term “Girlfriend” becomes one that is also taken on to describe someone who is a female romantic partner.[2]


Film Girlfriends is released

Unique in its perspective, this film is the first American independent film to be funded by grants. 30 years later it will be selected to be part of the US National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for its cultural significance.[3]


Girlfriends’ Getaway book is published

Co-authors and mother-daughter team Elizabeth Butterfield and Kathleen Laing release their novel encouraging women to get together and just be girls again.[4]


First National Girlfriends Day

With the intention of creating a day for women to express their gratitude for the female friends in their lives, this day is created by Mistress Susan, a luxury lifestyle guru.[5]

How to celebrate Girl Friend’s Day

If you are really reading this for suggestions on how to celebrate Girl Friend’s Day, there may be a little hope left. Why not have a get together to have a luxury slumber party. Slumber parties are not just for little girls. Women of luxury can party hard at their soirées. Girl friends can even have powwows to discuss their business, financial and life goals. If you cannot get together with your girl friends today, plan an outing for another day.

Hopefully, you know your girl friends, and what they like to do as you all get together. Pedicures, manicures, a glass of wine sitting by the lakeside….the choices are as endless as the friends we could have. Find the way that best helps you express what you mean to them, and just do it.

If that means getting your hair done or going out shopping, that is what this day is for. Find your common grounds, take the day and enjoy the company. Enjoy the buzz of a glass of wine under the stars, a book club meeting to discuss the latest romance novel, or even just sharing a piece of pie in a diner someplace. If it means more to you and your girl friends, that would be the way to go. Remember, it is not about the best thing one could ever do, but the close personal attachment one would have with their friends.

So whether is over a cold drink, a warm beach or a hot meal, remember your girl friends and enjoy the day with them!

National Girlfriends Day FAQs

When did National Girlfriends Day start?

One favorite story is that the day started in 2004 with Mistress Susan. A couple of different origin stories also resonate about when this day started, but they all have one thing in common: women friends taking time for each other![1]

Is National Girlfriends Day for couples?

While it wasn’t necessarily created for couples and was instead meant for women who are friends, certainly the day can be adapted to however someone chooses to celebrate![2]

What is National Girlfriends Day all about?

National Girlfriends Day is a delightful day that is all about women celebrating the women friends in their lives by spending time together and enjoying some much needed relaxation and fun![3]

Is National Girlfriends Day a real holiday?

Well, anything can be a “real holiday” if it is celebrated properly! Though it might be hard to convince the boss to get the day off, National Girlfriends Day is a great time to schedule a weekend away or share a glass of bubbly.[4]

What does National GF Day mean?

GF is simply an abbreviation for the word “Girlfriend” that is often used in texting.[5]

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