National High Five Day was started in 2002 at the University of Virginia. A group of students set up shop on the main quad of the campus and gave out high-fives and lemonade.
The idea spread and over the years peoples of all ages and backgrounds have celebrated National High Five Day by giving high-fives all day to friends, co-workers and strangers.
In 2011, the team behind the original National High Five Day incorporated a charity and has used the holiday as a chance to raise money for good causes and raised over $30,000:
- 2011 NH5D Scholarship awarded to Florida Institute Of Technology student Brooke Adams
- 2013 High-5 Boston! Rally for mental health treatment for victims of the Boston Marathon attacks