What To Do On Valentine's Day When You're Single? 10 Ways To Celebrate When You're Not In A Relationship

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What To Do On Valentine's Day When You're Single? 10 Ways To Celebrate When You're Not In A Relationship

Valentine’s Day is traditionally meant for couples who are in love, but not being in a relationship doesn’t mean singles have to be excluded from the fun.

The romantic holiday is thought to originate in ancient Rome from a festival called Lupercalia. The festival usually lasted two days — a random man and woman would be chosen through a lottery system to spend the duration of the ceremony together. If they were compatible, they would stay together even after the festival ended.

When you think of Valentine’s Day, images of red roses, champagne, and chocolate-covered strawberries usually pop up in your mind.

What is there to do on Valentine's Day when you're single?

Plenty of men and women look forward to receiving gifts from their romantic partners on February 14, but if you're looking for things to do by yourself to celebrate, we've got some great ideas.

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When you’re single, it’s less likely that you’ll get to eat or receive those chocolate hearts or cute pink teddy bears, because society usually shuns single people from the holiday. we've gone as far as calling Valentine's Day "Singles Awareness Day", complete with cards full of self-pity and disappointing jokes.

But it's 2020 — you don't have to follow society’s “rules” about what single people are expected to act like — and you should be able to do what you want and be happy celebrating love as a single person.

Being single on Valentine’s Day is certainly not a bad thing and not being in a relationship can definitely have its perks. You get to take advantage of the restaurant discounts (without having to pay for two) and buy all the chocolate you want without being judged. No need to fight over which rom-com to watch or deal with any pressure to "Netflix and chill" when you just want to be in your PJs. Not to mention the after-Valentine’s Day sales on candy.

Go ahead, put on your best Valentine’s Day outfit and celebrate how much you love yourself — because you absolutely deserve it. Enjoy your day celebrating yourself and the single life without worrying about someone else.

Here are 10 fabulous ways to celebrate when you're wondering what to do on Valentine's Day when you're single:

1. Eat a fancy breakfast.

Start the day in an amazing manner by treating yourself to your favorite breakfast spot in town. Nothing says self-love like crispy french toast with a cup of iced


2. Watch your favorite movie by yourself.

If there is one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s that going to the movie theatre is a lot better when you go alone. It’s calming and you won’t have to constantly shush your friend for talking too much (or loudly!).

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3. Grab lunch with your best friend.

Valentine’s Day shouldn’t just be about celebrating your partner. You should also celebrate friendships because who loves you more than your best friend who knows all of your embarrassing secrets?

Better yet, celebrate Galentine's day with your best girlfriends to celebrate your (friend) love for each other with the best food, gifts — and lots and lots of wine.

4. Volunteer at an animal shelter for the day.

You can spend your day giving love to animals who deserve a loving embrace and endless petting.

5. Cook yourself an extravagant dinner.

Cook yourself a nice steak and drink your favorite wine. The best part, you don’t have to share the wine.

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6. Paint the town red with your single friends.

You don’t need to have a partner in order to have fun. Getting drunk and singing karaoke with your single friends is so much better.

7. Go laser tagging with strangers.

If all of your friends and family members are busy, you can always drive to a laser tag arcade, which is always bound to be fun. You’ll probably meet some really nice people there to laser tag with too.

8. Try your hand at speed-dating.

Why not fully embrace your single life and try all the activities with it? Speed-dating allows you to meet new people in a short amount of time. Plus, you won’t have to get stuck in a two-hour dinner if you don’t vibe with the other person.

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9. Go to an escape room.

If you’ve never been to an escape room before, they’re seriously a lot of fun. You can go by yourself or with a group of friends. Either way, the time is spent trying to figure a way out.

10. Watch reruns of "Friends" and "The Office."

Just because it’s Valentine’s Day it doesn’t mean you have to get dressed and go out. You can celebrate your alone time by giving yourself a facial, opening a bag of chips, and laughing away as you watch Joey stick his head into the turkey.

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Amy Le is a writer who focuses on pop culture, religion, and relationship topics.