Valentine's Day in the United States

When is Valentine's Day in United States?

Valentine's Day in United States is on February 14, 2023. It falls on Tuesday.

How many days until Valentine's Day in United States?

There are 224 Days left until Valentine's Day in the United States.

Is Valentine's Day a public holiday in United States?

Every 14th day of February, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the United States. It is not a public holiday, in fact, educational institutions and businesses continue to operate as usual. Valentine’s Day is also referred to as the Feast of Saint Valentine or Saint Valentine’s Day. This massive cultural celebration is observed not only in the US but in many other countries in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and North America.

Valentine's Day Origin

Valentine’s Day is currently a very popular celebration. It is considered as the ‘day of love’ for many couples around the world.

How did Valentine’s Day celebration begin?

The history of Valentine's Day and the involved saint can be a bit mysterious. There are many stories that have been told about Valentine. For one, it has been said that Saint Valentine of Terni died because of his defiance in the order of Emperor Claudius II. That was after the emperor ordered to disallow young lovers to get married. Another story said that he died in an attempt to help Christians get away from Roman jail. Before he died, he wrote a letter "From your Valentine" to his young lover. These theories have gained popularity and eventually, Valentine’s Day was established, following the courageous and romantic act of Valentine. Today, Valentine’s Day is seen as the perfect day to express one’s love towards others.

Valentine's Day Traditions in the US

Many Americans celebrate Valentine’s Day by showing their affection and love towards people who are important in their lives. While other countries may treat this day as a romantic holiday, for the Americans, the day’s celebration is not only meant for romantic love, but it also extends towards friends, co-workers, parents, and other family members. Greetings like "Happy Valentine's Day" can be heard throughout the day.

Valentine’s Day Symbols

Like other countries, the most common symbols well-recognized in the United States during Valentine’s Day include hearts, flowers (especially red roses), chocolates, champagne or wine, cupid image, and many others. These symbols are oftentimes used by the people as gifts to be presented to their significant others and loved ones.

Valentine’s Day gifts and cards

It is part of the American tradition to give gifts to their loved ones during Valentine’s Day. Typical gifts given or sent are flowers, heart-shaped box of chocolates, teddy bears, jewelries, and greeting cards. When it comes to greeting cards, some people personalize them to make it more special for the recipients. Images of hearts and flowers are usually used as decorations, and the cards may contain short yet sweet messages. Nowadays, Valentine’s Day has become the second largest card-sending holiday of the year in the United States, following the Christmas holiday where more greeting cards are sent.

Special Meals

Mostly, the people in the country celebrate Valentine’s Day by going on a romantic dinner outside or even at home. A special meal is usually shared by the couples on this day. It has also become a customary practice for someone to cook for their family or significant others during this special occasion. Traditional foods prepared include chocolate truffles, cupcakes, strawberry cheesecake, spaghetti carbonara, Valentine's biscuits, heart-shaped cookies, and others. Valentine’s Day in the country is also taken as perfect for setting up a proposal. Hence, there are many men who would choose this day to propose to their ladies.

Dates of Observance for Valentine's Day
Year Date Day Holiday
2023 February 14 Tuesday Valentine's Day
2024 February 14 Wednesday Valentine's Day
2025 February 14 Friday Valentine's Day
2026 February 14 Saturday Valentine's Day
2027 February 14 Sunday Valentine's Day
2028 February 14 Monday Valentine's Day
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