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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’s a clear winner when it comes to the most popular day to get engaged (read on to find out!). 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?

So if the question “when do most people get engaged” has been burning in your mind, here are the most popular days of the year for proposals.

#1 - Christmas Day

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.

#2 - Christmas Eve

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.

#3 - 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!

#4 - Sunday Before Christmas Eve (December 22nd)

When answering the question “when do most people get engaged?”, it shouldn’t be super-surprising that the Sunday 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!

#5 - Valentine’s Day

The fifth 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?

#6 - 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!

#7 - Two Saturdays Before Christmas

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.

#8 - Saturday Before Christmas

For many, the Saturday before Christmas is the official start of holiday break, when many leave for vacation or head home for the holidays. Proposers may want to start their time off on a positive note, and spend all of the holiday break celebrating their engagement!

#9 - Two Sundays Before Christmas

Yes, another December date! Turns out 7 out of the top 10 most popular days to get engaged taking place in December. Happy holidays, indeed!

#10 - 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?