National Best Friends Day: Best Wishes & Quotes, History, Significance and Celebrations

June 8 marks National Best Friends Day in the United States. It is a day to celebrate friendship and spend some time with your best friend, showing them how much you appreciate them being in your life. National Best Friends Day is not a public holiday, businesses and schools remain open.

National Best Friends Day: History

We have our own country to thank for this lighthearted holiday. In 1935, the U.S. Congress gathered to devote a day each year in tribute to close friends. They chose June 8, which is usually a balmy day in all regions of the country—perfect for outdoor activities. Since then, many other countries have adopted the practice. Some even throw festivals to celebrate their chosen family.

This holiday has given rise to a handful of other friendship-themed days for celebration, including Friendship Day, Women’s Friendship Day, and even an entire week called Old Friends, New Friends Week. Ironically, almost all celebrations of friendship occur in the summer, National Today cites.

While the holiday seems to have lost popularity through the years, it has seen a recent upsurge in engagement since the advent of social media. Now, on June 8 every year, people rush to post fun photographs of themselves with their most trusted friends. The recognizable hashtag #nationalbestfriendsday allows users to witness just how many Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter users are celebrating along with them.

National Best Friends Day: Best Wishes & Quotes, History, Significance and Celebrations
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National Best Friends Day: Significance

Surveys show that a majority of Americans consider their significant other to be their best friend. Moms and Dogs come as runner ups, sharing the second place on the Best Friends leader board.

However, most people don't believe that you can only have one best friend, with 75% of Americans cherishing having a close-knit group of friends rather than only one best friend. The survey shows that the majority of people have met their current best friends in Elementary School or High School.

Having a best friend has been proven to be very beneficial for a person's health. Having someone to talk to, share problems with, and who is always there to support you helps in reducing stress and anxiety. At the same time, people tend to have best friends who are in the same age brackets, which means that they are often in the same life stages as each other, and can support each other.

Above all, people love having best friends because they are the family they choose. Best friends are usually someone who we share interests with, or who have compatible personalities with ours, which means that not only we can relax, have fun with and travel with, they are also the ones who understand us and are always there for us, ás cited by Calendarr.

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National Best Friends Day: Celebrations

Celebrate National Best Friends Day by gifting them their favorite or the most wanted gift from their list and saying a few nice words in person or through a letter. The best way to observe this day is by spending some time with them. You can go on a picnic, or for a movie, or to any of your favorite locations to have some alone time.

If your friend lives in a long-distance, then pick that phone to talk to them for some time. Mark this day by doing something new, you can try an adventure together like bungee jumping, skydiving, etc., Meet them for dinner and have some time together. Post pictures and share your celebrations on social media by using the hashtag #BestFriendsDay.

Happy Best Friends Day Wishes

Express your warmth and love to your friend with Happy Best Friends Day wishes and Best Friends Day messages. Send to your dearest friend the unique quotes and messages for best friend that perfectly sum up your friendship.

“Wishing a very Happy Best Friends Day to the friend who is like the most precious gem to me. Thank you for making this life so much more fun for me.”

“When we are together, even hours end in few seconds because we enjoy each other’s company the best. Warm wishes on Best Friends Day to you my dear.”

“A friend like you is just what I needed to survive in this world and be happy and blessed. A very Happy Best Friends Day to you.”

National Best Friends Day: Best Wishes & Quotes, History, Significance and Celebrations
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Top Best Friend Quotes That Show How Awesome Friendships Can Be

Best friends might be the first to post a "Happy Birthday" tribute on social media, text you their favorite friendship verses to encourage you, and gift you a stellar gift they know you'll love. Whether you met during an event during college or around a campfire as kids, you're just so glad to have found someone who you can be totally, completely yourself around and know they'll embrace you 100 percent.

“A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.”

– Walter Winchell

“If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus 1 day, so I never have to live without you.”

– Winnie the Pooh

“I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.”

– Ernest Hemingway

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.”

– C.S. Lewis

“True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable.”

– David Tyson

“Sweet is the memory of distant friends! Like the mellow rays of the departing sun, it falls tenderly, yet sadly, on the heart.”

– Washington Irving

“There’s not a word yet for old friends who’ve just met.”

– Jim Henson

“A single rose can be my garden… a single friend, my world.”

– Leo Buscaglia

“Don’t make friends who are comfortable to be with. Make friends who will force you to lever yourself up.”

– Thomas J. Watson

“Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation.”

– Oscar Wilde

“How many slams in an old screen door? Depends how loud you shut it. How many slices in a bread? Depends how thin you cut it. How much good inside a day? Depends how good you live ’em. How much love inside a friend? Depends how much you give ’em.”

– Shel Silverstein

“A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down"

– Arnold H. Glasgow

“I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better.”

– Plutarch

“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.”

– Albert Schweitzer

“The real test of friendship is can you literally do nothing with the other person? Can you enjoy those moments of life that are utterly simple?”

– Eugene Kennedy

“A loyal friend laughs at your jokes when they’re not so good, and sympathizes with your problems when they’re not so bad.”

– Arnold H. Glasgow

“It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.”

– Friedrich Nietzsche

“Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.”

– Muhammad Ali

“If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together… there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we're apart… I'll always be with you.”

– Winnie the Pooh

“Growing apart doesn’t change the fact that for a long time we grew side by side; our roots will always be tangled. I’m glad for that.”

– Ally Condie

“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”

– Marcel Proust

“Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and to have her nonsense respected.”

– Charles Lamb

“If you go looking for a friend, you’re going to find they’re very scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you’ll find them everywhere.”

– Zig Ziglar

“You can always tell a real friend: when you’ve made a fool of yourself he doesn’t feel you’ve done a permanent job.”

– Laurence J. Peter

“Keep away from those who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you believe that you too can become great.”

– Mark Twain

“Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you. Love me and I may be forced to love you.”

– William Arthur Ward

“No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.”

– Alice Walker

“Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.”

– Woodrow T. Wilson


“Friends are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer.”

– Ed Cunningham

“Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend’s success.”

– Oscar Wilde

“Some of the biggest challenges in relationships come from the fact that most people enter a relationship in order to get something: they’re trying to find someone who’s going to make them feel good. In reality, the only way a relationship will last is if you see your relationship as a place that you go to give, and not a place that you go to take.”

— Anthony Robbins

“The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.”

– Elisabeth Foley

“There’s one sad truth in life I’ve found

While journeying east and west –

The only folks we really wound

Are those we love the best.

We flatter those we scarcely know,

We please the fleeting guest,

And deal full many a thoughtless blow

To those who love us best.”

– Ella Wheeler Wilcox

“Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.”

— Oprah Winfrey

“Do not keep on with a mockery of friendship after the substance is gone — but part, while you can part friends. Bury the carcass of friendship: it is not worth embalming.”

– William Hazlitt

“A good friend can tell you what is the matter with you in a minute. He may not seem such a good friend after telling.”

– Arthur Brisbane

“Many a person has held close, throughout their entire lives, two friends that always remained strange to one another, because one of them attracted by virtue of similarity, the other by difference.”

– Emil Ludwig

“A good word is an easy obligation; but not to speak ill requires only our silence; which costs us nothing.”

— John Tillotson

Friendship Quote by Donald Miller

“When you stop expecting people to be perfect, you can like them for who they are.”

– Donald Miller

“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.”

– Anais Nin

“If you make friends with yourself you will never be alone.”

– Maxwell Maltz

Friendship Quotes by Bernard Meltzer

“A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked.”

– Bernard Meltzer

“The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when someone asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.”

— Henry David Thoreau

“People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges.”

— Joseph F. Newton Men

“Friendship is like a glass ornament, once it is broken it can rarely be put back together exactly the same way.”

– Charles Kingsley

Friendship Quote by Donna Roberts

“A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.”

– Donna Roberts

“There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate. “

– Linda Grayson

“Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it's all over.”

– Gloria Naylor

Friendship Quote by Marlene Dietrich

“It is the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter.”

– Marlene Dietrich

“There is magic in long-distance friendships. They let you relate to other human beings in a way that goes beyond being physically together and is often more profound.”

– Diana Cortes

“Someone to tell it to is one of the fundamental needs of human beings.”

— Miles Franklin

“It is not so much our friends’ help that helps us, as the confidence of their help.”

– Epicurus

“Whenever you’re in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude.”

– William James


“Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.”

– Tennessee Williams

“The tender friendships one gives up, on parting, leave their bite on the heart, but also a curious feeling of a treasure somewhere buried.”

– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?”

– Abraham Lincoln

“A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him I may think aloud. I am arrived at last in the presence of a man so real and equal, that I may drop even those undermost garments of dissimulation, courtesy, and second thought, which men never put off, and may deal with him with the simplicity and wholeness with which one chemical atom meets another.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friendship Quote by Ethel Barrymore

“The best time to make friends is before you need them.”

– Ethel Barrymore

“If it’s very painful for you to criticize your friends — you’re safe in doing it. But if you take the slightest pleasure in it, that’s the time to hold your tongue.”

– Alice Duer Miller

“In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, for in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.”

– Khalil Gibran

“Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget.”

– Unknown

Friendship Quote by Carl W. Buechner

“They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”

– Carl W. Buechner

“Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes.”

– Henry David Thoreau

“A true friend is someone who is there for you when he’d rather be anywhere else.”

– Len Wein

“It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same.”

– Elbert Hubbard

“Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing.”

– Elie Wiesel

“We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over; so in a series of kindnesses there is at last one which makes the heart run over.”

– Ray Bradbury

“Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud.”

– Maya Angelou

“I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let’s face it, friends make life a lot more fun.”

– Charles R. Swindoll

Friendship Quote by Eleanor Roosevelt

“Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

“One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.”

– Seneca

“A man’s friendships are one of the best measures of his worth.”

– Charles Darwin

“Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness.”

– Euripides

“Friends are people who know you really well and like you anyway.”

– Greg Tamblyn

“Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief.”

– Marcus Tullius Cicero

Best Friends Day Messages

1). There is no day when I don’t thank God for blessing me with a best friend like you who has always been there for me…. Love you to the moon and back.

2). My day is incomplete if I don’t meet you, if I don’t share my feelings with you, if I don’t hug you…. You are my daily dose and my best half which completes me…. Sending you my love on Best Friends Day because for me you are the BEST!!!

3). Best friend is one who understands even before you speak, who lifts your mood up when you are dull and sad, who is a part of your crazy acts….. And all that for me is you….. Happy Best Friends Day.

4). Today is Best Friends Day, the day dedicated to our friendship!!! You are so fortunate to have me, someone who can listen to all your insane talks and still love you without any terms and conditions.

5). I know when you are there, there is nothing to fear because you bring out the best in me…. I thank you for making my life so full of happiness, brightness and love….. Happy Best Friends Day to you my sweetheart!!

6). I can never imagine my life without you….. You are not just my bestie but you are my life without whom nothing is right…. With lots of love and hugs, wishing you an amazing Happy Best Friends Day.

7). Our friendship is the most beautiful blessing of God. It is not about how much time we spend or how many holidays we take together, it is about how much we value each other. Happy Best Friend’s Day.

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8). The beautiful rose of our friendship will always bloom and will never fade away because it is nourished with our feelings of love, care and respect. Warm wishes on Best Friend’s Day.

9). You came in my life and touched it with love. You brought along wonderful moments of happiness and joy that added new colors in my life. Love you loads. Happy Best Friend’s Day.

10). Finding a true friend makes your life worthy and by finding you, I have added so many reasons to smile and be happy. Thanks for coming in my life. Wishing you a very Happy Best Friend’s Day.

11). Friendship is a blend of different feelings, relationships and emotions and with a friend like you I have witness all these beautiful shades of rainbow that have brightened my life. Happy Best Friend’s Day.

12). With your presence in my life, my life has illuminated with new hope. You are a wonderful soul who has taught me the real meaning of friendship. Wishing you a warm Happy Best Friend’s Day.

13). Dear pal, you are my best friend for you have supported me through thick and thin. You have loved me, scolded me and showed me the right path. Warm wishes to you on Best Friend’s Day.

14). Let us celebrate this amazing day to celebrate enticing shades of our friendship. You are my biggest strength and also my biggest weakness. Love you lots. Happy Best Friend’s Day 2021.

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15). When we met first you were sweet, gradually you became sweeter and now you are the sweetest person I know. You are my best friend for life. Happy Best Friend’s Day to my dear pal.

16). Time and distance are important in every relationship. But with a friend like you, who lives in my heart, we will never be separated by distance because we are connected at heart. Happy Best Friend’s Day.

17). When you have someone whom you can call any day, any time…. you know you are blessed. Thanks my bestie for coming into my life…. Wishing you Best Friends Day!!!

18). You are the rainbow to my sky…… You are the icing to my cake…… You are the most beautiful blessing in my life and I cannot thank you enough for loving me the way I am….. Best wishes to you on Best Friends Day.

19). You are my strength and also my weakness…. You are my best friend.

20). When you are with me, I have nothing to worry…. You are my strongest rock to lean on.

National Best Friends Days around the world

Country Holiday Occasion Date
Spain Friends Day A reason for a friendly gathering of both current and old friends. July 20
India Friendship Day Youngsters celebrate by exchanging greetings/text messages and tying friendship bands. First Sunday of August
Bolivia Friendship Day The bond of friendship is celebrated zealously. July 23
Finland Ystävänpäivä (Friend’s Day) Valentine’s Day is more commonly celebrated as Friend’s Day. February 14
Colombia Friendship Day Presents are given to close friends and loved ones, and celebrations often take place in bars and nightclubs. Second Saturday of March

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