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If you're thinking that a ring is in your future, you're probably wondering when your significant other is going to pop the question already! Actually, there several most popular days to get engaged throughout the year—particularly around the holiday season. If you’re wondering “when do most people get engaged?” turns out about 40 percent of engagements occur between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day. After all, what could be a better holiday gift than a sparkly new engagement ring?
There is a clear winner for the most popular day to get engaged—and it’s easy to see why. Of course, Christmas Day is one of the most celebratory times of the year when most people are off of work, plus it's primetime for gift-giving. Further, most couples are already spending time with loved ones
on Christmas so it’s easy to gather family members and friends for a post-proposal celebration.
The second most popular day to get engaged, Valentine’s Day is a holiday that’s all about love. And we must admit, receiving a ring sure beats a box of chocolates or bouquet of red roses, doesn’t it?
Some families exchange gifts on Christmas Eve instead of Christmas Day, so it seems logical that many proposals occur on this day as well. Also, Christmas Eve dinner is often a special occasion, so a proposal before, during, or after this meal adds to the joyful, holiday feeling.
New Year’s Day
When do most people get engaged? It seems that holidays centered around celebrating and joy are most popular—and of course, New Year’s Day is no exception. Technically, any proposal that occurs at or right after midnight constitutes a New Year’s Day engagement—and we know that many couples like to kick off the new year right, with a smooch and a proposal!
New Year’s Eve
With so many New Year’s Eve parties, it’s no wonder that many proposals occur on this day. People usually spend New Year’s Eve surrounded by friends or family members, so an engagement adds to the already festive mood!
The Day Before Valentine’s Day
Turns out that many couples can’t wait until Valentine’s Day to get engaged—or perhaps it’s all about catching the ring recipient off-guard. The feeling may be that proposing on Valentine’s Day is a bit “obvious,” so popping the question the day before adds an element of surprise.
The Saturday Before Christmas Eve
December is the most popular month to get engaged, but proposals don’t only happen on holidays. In fact, many engagements occur in the days and weeks before Christmas, perhaps because many couples take vacations (or if they’re in school, are on break) or are just generally getting in that festive holiday mood.
Two Saturdays Before Christmas Eve
Once again, couples can’t always wait until big holidays to pop the question. During the holiday shopping season, many proposers are buying engagement rings
—and we all know how hard it is to keep that purchase a secret! So instead of letting the ring burn a hole in a pocket, people are proposing as soon as the ring is in hand.
It shouldn’t be super-surprising that the day before Christmas Eve is one of the most popular days to get engaged. Many couples want to kick off Christmastime on a joyful note
, and a proposal is certainly one of the best ways to do just that!
Fourth of July (Independence Day)
This is the only holiday on the list of the most popular days to get engaged that’s not in the November through February timeframe—but it’s easy to see why the Fourth of July is a great day to pop the question. Most people have off from work on Independence Day and it’s a popular time for vacations and travel. Plus, there’s nothing quite like a little summer lovin’, right?