A baby in a baby carrier looks up at her father with a playful look at Loving Day NYC 2017.
Loving Day NYC 2017. Credit: Kristin Barr

What do people do on Loving Day?


Build community by creating your own Loving Day tradition

There are many ways to observe Loving Day on or around June 12th, and our diverse community is always coming up with creative ideas. Here is some inspiration so you can start your own tradition.

Safety first!

Loving Day in-person gatherings have been part of our shared global tradition. But since COVID-19 pandemic, we need to keep our community safe. Please follow health and safety regulations and guidelines where you live. By participating in events, you choose to assume the risks. For more info, see our Terms and Conditions.

Find an event

Looking to participate in a Loving Day event? Here are a few options for you. If you’d like us to consider including your event, please contact us and include your event details.

If you’d like us to consider including your event, please contact us and include a link to your event (or your event details).

People in line at a buffet table serve themselves food at Loving Day NYC 2018.
Loving Day NYC 2018. Credit: Willie Davis


These are spaces for affirmation and connection, which are also wonderful for introducing/welcoming new people to the Loving Day community.

These events could be:

  • Family/friend gatherings
  • Community events
  • Food events (barbecues and potlucks are popular)
  • Music, arts, or literary events
  • Games, sports, or recreation
A young woman smiles as part of an audience indoors at a Loving Day educational event in 2012.
Loving Day educational event 2012

Educational Events

There is always something more to teach and learn about racial justice. The Loving decision is a great place to start.

These events could be:

  • Speakers or panel discussions
  • Group visits to museums or cultural sites
  • Film screenings with Q&A
  • Facilitated conversations
  • Book clubs
A wedding photo of a woman and a man smiling and holding each other gently, and card that says we recently discovered that June 12th is Loving Day, the annual celebration and anniversary of Loving vs. Virginia, the 1967 Court decision that legalized interracial marriage across the country. What a great day to get married! Lovingday.org
Shared by The Smiths


Some couples choose Loving Day as their wedding date or mention Loving Day in some part of their special day. This wonderful idea came from our community.

Some inspiration:

  • A mention in your ceremony
  • Reception decorations
  • Table cards or decorations
  • A mention in a speech