Host a Celebration | Loving Day

Host a Celebration

Fri, 05/01/2009 - 8:33am -- admin

It's fun and easy to host your own celebration to mark the anniversary of the Loving v. Virginia Supreme Court decision. Your event can be anything from a backyard barbecue to a Loving Day bowling night. All you need are great people, a place to meet, and something fun to do. You can celebrate in any way you want, as long as your event includes a Loving Day theme and a few facts about Loving Day to share with your guests. Start a Loving Day tradition with your friends, family, or community!

List Your Celebration On This Website

Don't forget to list your celebration! Listings can be public invitations, private invitations, or a way to share your celebration with the world. You can list your celebration before or after the event, and you can edit it anytime. After your event, don't forget to add photos and a description of what happened.

List your celebration

Free Celebration Kit

It's fun and easy to host a Loving Day Celebration with our free Celebration Kit! The kit includes:

  • invitation template
  • speech template
  • handouts/fact sheets

Download the Celebration Kit

Note: this document is in PDF format. If you are having trouble opening the file, download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Ways You Can Celebrate

There are a million different ways you can make Loving Day your own. Here are a few easy and fun examples of how you can celebrate:

At Home

  • Host an event in your living room or your backyard.
  • Host a dinner party, barbecue, or cocktail hour.
  • Have a family dinner, game night, or movie night.
  • Have a Loving Day-themed book club event.
  • Have a pool party.

At School

  • Get your campus ethnic, multi-ethnic, and religious groups involved.
  • Host a party, lecture, movie screening, or anything else you can think of.
  • Host a campus-wide event or an event at your student center.
  • Have a gathering in your dorm room or common room.
  • Get your fraternity or sorority involved.

At the Office

  • Go out to lunch with your coworkers.
  • Have a happy hour.
  • Have a company picnic or other company event.

In the City

  • Have a gathering in your apartment.
  • Have a picnic in the park or other public space.
  • Go out to a bar, club, or restaurant to celebrate.

With Your Religious Group

  • Mention Loving Day in your regular gatherings.
  • Encourage your religious or faith-based group to sponsor an event.

With Your Significant Other

  • Go out on a special date.
  • Cook a romantic dinner.
  • Get married on Loving Day!

Ready to get started? List your celebration or download the Celebration Kit

Make It Big

Loving Day events can be small and simple, but they can also be big events for the whole community. If you would like to organize a large event, you'll need to do some planning. Ask friends, family or community leaders to help you with your event. Every successful event includes a great venue, good promotion, and an attraction, like food or music. We've listed some ideas below.

Find A Venue

  • Talk to the manager of a local restaurant, cafe, or bar about coming in with a large group of people. Concentrate on their off-hours; that way, they'll make money and you'll get a free venue.
  • Host your event in the park, at the pool, or other public venues. Be sure to check your local park service's website for the best locations and rules and regulations.
  • Get in touch with your local community centers, schools, and churches.

Invite Guests

  • Invite your friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, and classmates.
  • You can use this website to list your celebration. Guests can even RSVP without logging into LovingDay.org!
  • If you prefer, you can also use Facebook, MySpace, or Evite to invite people
  • Use the invitation template in our Celebration Kit to make snail-mail invitations, flyers, and postcards.
  • Get your local newspaper involved, or post flyers at community centers.

Provide Attractions

  • Host a multi-cultural dinner party, barbecue, or potluck.
  • Host a dance party.
  • Have Loving v. Virginia bowling night.
  • Have a DJ or live performances.
  • Give away prizes or free food at your event.
  • Host a Loving Day 5k race, bike-a-thon, or any other athletic event.

Do Some Fundraising

  • If you can, charge admission or solicit donations at your event.

Ready to get started? List your celebration or download the Celebration Kit