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National Happy Hour Day

Raise a glass and toast to National Happy Hour Day - explore new drinks, discounts, and deals at your favorite bars and pubs!
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November 12
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Raise a glass and get ready to celebrate National Happy Hour Day on Nov. 12! This day of celebration has been around since the early 2000s, when it was created to recognize the joy of gathering with friends over drinks after work or school. Whether you're looking for an excuse for a celebratory night out or just need some extra motivation to kick back and relax after a long day, this is definitely one occasion worth celebrating!

History of National Happy Hour Day

National Happy Hour Day Dates

National Happy Hour Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1920</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Origin of Happy Hour</div><div class='timeline-text'>The term "Happy Hour" was first used in the United States during the Prohibition era. It was a euphemism for a secret gathering to drink before dinner.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1959</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Publication Use</div><div class='timeline-text'>"Happy Hour" was first used in a publication in 1959 in an article in the Saturday Evening Post.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1970s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Popularity Surges</div><div class='timeline-text'>The concept of happy hour became widely popular in the 1970s as a marketing tool to increase patronage in bars and restaurants during quieter hours.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1984</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Banned in Massachusetts</div><div class='timeline-text'>Massachusetts became the first state to ban happy hour specials in an effort to decrease drunk-driving accidents.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2000s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Establishment of National Happy Hour Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>National Happy Hour Day was established in the early 2000s to celebrate the cultural ritual of gathering for discounted drinks and camaraderie.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Happy Hour Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Organize a happy hour party</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather up your friends and family and organize a happy hour party with snacks, drinks, and music.  It's a great way to celebrate National Happy Hour Day.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Visit a local bar</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Head to your favorite local bar and take advantage of their happy hour specials. Enjoy some discounted drinks and have a good time.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Invite friends over for a happy hour</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Invite some friends over for a happy hour at your house.  Make some special drinks, provide some snacks, and enjoy the company of your friends.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Try a new cocktail</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take the opportunity to find a new cocktail recipe and try it out. Look up recipes online or try something you already know how to make. No matter what you choose, it's sure to be delicious.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a themed happy hour</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Host a themed happy hour with your friends. Pick a theme such as tropical, tiki bar, or 80s retro and get creative with decorations, drinks, and snacks.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Happy Hour Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Happy Hour promotes socializing</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Socializing is an important part of life, and National Happy Hour Day is a great way to do just that. People come together in the spirit of friendship to enjoy discounted drinks, delicious food, and lots of laughs. By encouraging people to be social, Happy Hour stimulates conversation and creates lasting memories!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's a great way to save money</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Most restaurants and bars offer discounted drink specials and appetizers during Happy Hour. That means you can enjoy your favorite drinks or snacks without breaking the bank! So grab your friends and hit up Happy Hour for a night out without having to worry about those steep prices.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Happy hour encourages creativity</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>From crafty cocktails to unique hors d'oeuvres, Happy Hours are usually packed with creative twists on classic recipes. Whether it's a bloody mary topped off with pickles or a jalapeño popper stuffed with pineapple chunks, this is the perfect time to get experimental with flavor combinations!</p></div></div>

5 Uncovered Facts About National Happy Hour Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Happy Hour Boosts Revenue For Businesses</h3><p class='facts-content'>Bars and restaurants earn a significant amount of their income during Happy Hour, as they sell high volumes of discounted items, attracting more customers.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>National Happy Hour Day Promotes Local Breweries and Distilleries</h3><p class='facts-content'>Many establishments showcase local products during Happy Hour, promoting local breweries and distilleries, thus boosting the local economy.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Happy Hour has Navy Roots</h3><p class='facts-content'>The concept of Happy Hour originated with the U.S. Navy in the 1920s as a period of entertainment to relieve onboard monotony at sea.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Some States in the U.S. Have Banned Happy Hour</h3><p class='facts-content'>Aside from Massachusetts, other states including North Carolina and Utah have also implemented regulations banning Happy Hour, primarily for traffic safety reasons.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>National Happy Hour Day Encourages New Tastes and Experiences</h3><p class='facts-content'>Patrons often use Happy Hour as an opportunity to try new drinks or dishes, expanding their palette and supporting restaurant creativity.</p></div></div>

National Happy Hour Day FAQs

When is National Happy Hour Day?

National Happy Hour Day is celebrated on November 12th every year. In 2024 National Happy Hour Day will occur on a Tuesday.

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