The day is an opportunity to take boyfriends out to dinner, play sports with them or get them a present to show affection and gratitude. National Boyfriend Day is often overshadowed by Valentine's Day, which is the biggest romantic holiday in the U.S. Valentine's Day is traditionally a holiday where couples show their mutual affection and appreciation for each other with gifts like chocolate, cards and jewelry. National Boyfriend Day joins a list of more than 1,500 holidays in the U.S.
Federal and National Holidays
In the U.S., holidays break down two general categories, which are federal holidays and national holidays. Federal holidays are established by the United States government to honor and commemorate important figures and events in the country's past. The U.S. has 10 federal holidays, which are Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, President's Day, New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Labor Day, Independence Day, Columbus Day and Christmas Day. Government businesses close on federal holidays as do many schools and businesses in the private sector.
Examples of National Holidays
In addition to the major national holidays, many smaller holidays take place throughout the year. There are dedicated days throughout the calendar year that celebrate a variety of events, such as World Freedom Day, World Orphans Day, International Tongue Twister Day and Sesame Street Day. Some national days are established to raise awareness for certain health issues, such as breast cancer, ovarian cancer and leukemia. In addition to national days, there are dedicated weeks and months for various causes. Years can also have special designations. The year 2017, for example, is recognized as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.