Can Holiday: National High Five Day – April 18


“NH5D 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.” This year NH5D is dedicated to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.

How to Celebrate

Give someone a high five.  This is a gesture typically given as recognition for a job well done.  If you are unsure how to give a high five, I found some instructions on

  1. Find a partner.
  2. Raise one of your hands to the side of your body at approximately the same level as your shoulder with your fingers extended (creating the “five” part of a high five).
  3. Make sure the other person’s hand is raised, at the same height as yours.
  4. Propel your hand forward towards your partner’s hand while he/she does the same.
  5. Upon making contact with your partner’s hand and hearing the satisfying *clap* of hand hitting hand, allow follow through of hand in a casual manner.

You can also easily teach celebration of this day to younger generations with one of my favorite songs and videos of all time, “High Five!” by the band They Might Be Giants.  It even shows the “Down Low, Too Slow” trick.

The Can

1990s High Five Peach Soda Can

1990s High Five Peach Soda Can

To honor this day we are featuring a can of High Five Peach soda from the 1990s. It is “All Natural” just like a High Five.

Happy National High Five Day (4/18)

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