National Old Maids Day

At one point in time, being called an old maid was an insult aimed at women who never married and never had children. However, National Old Maid’s Day is a holiday that has attempted to reclaim the label “old maid” and put a more positive spin on it. This holiday is observed annually on June 4th and recognizes the contributions that single women have made to their extended families and their communities.

They often help out at their church, at local schools, and participate in other activities that benefit society as a whole. And that’s why we feel that everyone should at least consider observing this holiday every year.

The History of National Old Maid’s Day

This holiday was first celebrated by Marion Richards of Jeffersonville, Pennsylvania, way back in 1948. She created the holiday to honor the contributions of “old maids” who aren’t married or don’t have children but nonetheless contribute a lot to society through their activism, dedication, and hard work.

Facts About the Term Old Maid

Let’s dig into the term Old Maid and find out where it came from, how it’s used, and other miscellaneous facts that people might want to know about it. We’ve listed these facts below for easy reference, and we hope that our readers find these facts illuminating.

  • The term Old Maid was used as early as the mid-18th century.
  • “Old Maid” was the title of a play by Irishman Arthur Murphy in 1761.
  • Old Maid can also refer to an unpopped kernel found in a bowl of popcorn.
  • Old Maid is also a card game that’s played with a standard deck of 52 cards that is stripped of one of the four queens found in the deck.

Observing National Old Maid’s Day

Women who aren’t married or don’t have children can get together on this holiday and acknowledge the contributions each of them makes to their communities. They can make Old Maid Cocktails or an Old Maid Cake. Women can also play Old Maid and give each other the support they deserve.

When is it?
This year (2024)
June 4 Tuesday
Next year (2025)
June 4 Wednesday
Last year (2023)
June 4 Sunday