By: Todd Betzold
For some reason, we seem to be celebrating some kind of "holiday" every day of the year now. I don't know when this started, but it has gotten a little out of hand. I mean, there are over 1,500 national days in a calendar year, yet there are only 365 days in a year. You figure that one out!
I just don't understand some of them, as we have National Pet Day one week and then National Puppy Day the next week. We get it, we love our pets, but do we need to celebrate them every day? There is also National Get Over It Day and National Yellow Bat Day. Who determines what the days are? Can I just make one up and run with it? If so, let me think on this one!
However, there is one day I think more and more of us should embrace: National High Five Day, which happens to be every year on the third Thursday in April. Today is April 19, the third Thursday in April, so it is officially National High Five Day, so get out there and "high five" everyone!
The High Five History
So, where did the high five come from? There are two stories that claim to be the start of the high five. The first was during the 1977 regular season Dodgers' game, as Dusty Baker hit a home run that made the team the first in history to have four players with at least 30 regular season home runs each. As Baker got to home plate, his teammate Glenn Burke waited for him to congratulate him. This was not a televised game, but apparently Burke greeted Baker by raising his hand and they slapped hands, like a high five.
On the other side of things, there were the Louisville Cardinals playing basketball during the 1978-79 season. They normally would do low-fives, but they switched them up to high fives thanks to Wiley Brown and Derek Smith. It seems crazy to me that the first high fives were thought to be done in the late 1970s. People didn't slap hands before this???
Celebrate This Day
How do you celebrate National High Five Day? Well, by getting out there and high fiving people! I can get behind this day, as high fives are a positive thing. We do them when we are happy about something or celebrating some kind of accomplishment. By giving random high fives to people, it can give them a brief moment of joy and who doesn't need more joy in their life?
National High Five Day was started in 2002 by Conor Lastowka (San Diego, CA), Sam Miotke (Corvallis, OR) and Wynn Walent (New York, NY), college students at the University of Virginia. They created this day together, so now it is your chance to get out there and celebrate it!