National Grad Party Day

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Ah, graduation day - the glorious culmination of all those years of hard work and late-night study sessions. It's a day to celebrate, to let loose, and to party like there's no tomorrow. And lucky for all the freshly-minted graduates out there, we have a special day just for that - National Grad Party Day!

When is Grad Party Day?

It's national grad party day on the 11th June.

The Birth of National Grad Party Day

As with many of the fun and wacky national days we celebrate, the origin of National Grad Party Day is shrouded in internet mystery. It seems to have emerged from the depths of cyberspace, fueled by the collective excitement of recent graduates and their loved ones.

Rumors say that this glorious day came into existence on June 11, 2016, when a flurry of online mentions took the internet by storm. Whether it was a group of graduates who just couldn't contain their joy or a clever marketing ploy by party supply companies, we may never truly know. But does it really matter? After all, any excuse to celebrate is a good one!

The Ultimate Grad Party Guide

So, you're ready to celebrate like there's no tomorrow? We've got you covered! Here's your ultimate guide to throwing an unforgettable grad party:

  • Location, Location, Location: Choose a venue that matches your party vibe. From a backyard BBQ to a swanky rented hall, the possibilities are endless!
  • Food and Drinks: A great party is fueled by delicious grub and thirst-quenching beverages. Whether you opt for a buffet, a food truck, or a DIY bar, make sure your guests are well-fed and hydrated.
  • Entertainment: Keep the party going with some awesome entertainment. Hire a DJ or create a killer playlist, set up a photo booth, or organize fun games to keep everyone entertained.
  • Decorations: Let your creative side shine with fabulous decorations. Make sure to include some nostalgic touches that pay homage to the journey that led to graduation day!
  • Memories to Cherish: Encourage your guests to leave messages and well wishes for the graduate. It's a sweet way to remember the special day for years to come.

Did You Know?

FUN FACT: In a survey conducted by party experts (totally a thing), it was found that the most popular grad party themes include 'Safari Soiree,' 'Hawaiian Luau,' and 'The Great Gatsby Glam.' So strap on your safari hat, grab a coconut drink, or don your best flapper dress and get ready to party!

History behind the term 'Grad Party'


The Rise of Graduation Parties

In the early 1970s, the tradition of celebrating high school graduation with a party began to gain popularity in the United States. Graduation parties were a way for friends and family to come together and honor the accomplishments of the graduating students. These parties often included food, music, and decorations to create a festive atmosphere.


The Term 'Grad Party' Emerges

In the mid-1980s, the term 'grad party' started to be used more widely to refer to these celebrations. The term quickly caught on, becoming the go-to phrase for describing the parties held in honor of graduating high school students. It became common to hear conversations like, 'Are you going to Jenny's grad party?' or 'I'm hosting a grad party next week, you should come!'


The Popularity Spreads

By the early 1990s, the concept of a 'grad party' had spread beyond the United States and had become a recognized term in many English-speaking countries. Graduation parties became celebratory events that marked the transition from one phase of life to another, whether it was from high school to college or from college to the working world. The term 'grad party' became synonymous with these milestone celebrations.


Social Media's Influence

With the rise of social media platforms in the mid-2000s, the term 'grad party' gained even more prominence. People began using platforms like Facebook and Twitter to share their party plans and invite friends and family to their graduation celebrations. This widespread use of social media helped to popularize the term 'grad party' even further and made it an integral part of the graduation season.


Modern-Day Grad Parties

Today, 'grad party' remains a widely recognized term used to describe the celebration of high school and college graduations. These parties have evolved over time and now often include themed decorations, photo booths, and elaborate food and drink options. Grad parties have become an important cultural tradition, allowing graduates to commemorate their achievements and create lasting memories with friends and family.

Did you know?

In a survey conducted by party experts (totally a thing), it was found that the most popular grad party themes include 'Safari Soiree,' 'Hawaiian Luau,' and 'The Great Gatsby Glam.' So strap on your safari hat, grab a coconut drink, or don your best flapper dress and get ready to party!


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First identified

13th May 2015

Most mentioned on

11th June 2016

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