There's going to be a lot of PDA in Times Square this Valentine's Day.
For the second year in a row, couples are invited to renew their vows on February 14 in a group ceremony on Times Square's red glass steps. The free ceremony, organized by Times Square improvement organization Times Square Alliance, will be streamed live online at 6 p.m. and will be officiated by a U.S. Coast Guard captain.
According to the Alliance, 100 couples participated in the vow renewal last year, and more than 100 twosomes have already signed up for this year's ceremony (couples can pre-register online or simply show up). There is no cap on the number of couples allowed to participate.
Alliance President Tim Tompkins told HuffPost that the romantic history of Times Square inspired them to find ways to celebrate the holiday.
“Times Square has always been about ‘free love’ in many forms -- think sailors and nurses, think New Year's Eve smooches, think Times Square's naughty past," Tompkins said.
Throughout the month of February, there will also be two public art installations on display. The first is a heart-shaped sculpture made of boards from boardwalks destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. The second is an nightly three-minute presentation of "love messages" on Times Square's LED screens.
This Valentine's Day is going to be big: six million people are expected to pop the question and 83 percent plan on giving their significant other a gift, according to the latest statistics from the American Express Spending and Saving Tracker. Check out more Valentine's Day statistics in the slideshow below.
How much will you spend on your significant other this year? Eighty-three percent of couples plan on giving each other gifts and will spend $260 on average -- up from $196 from last year. Men will spend an average of $272; women will spend $209. The most popular gifts include greeting cards (57 percent), flowers (32 percent) and jewelry (17 percent). Gift cards and cash are less popular gifts than last year -- 21 percent will be gifting these, down from 26 percent in 2012.
This Valentine's Day will be extra romantic for millions of Americans. Six million people are planning or expecting a marriage proposal for Valentine's Day, up from 4 million in 2012. The total number of engagements planned or expected for 2013 remains steady at 14 million.
Valentine's Day is going virtual -- 62 percent of couples will utilize some form of technology or social media to share Valentine’s Day messages. Most will send a text (34 percent), 33 percent will send a Facebook post or message, 26 percent will send an email and 22 percent will send an e-card.
Those 6 million people planning to propose on V-Day better start saving: the average estimated cost of an engagement ring in 2013 is $2,410.
Everyone, breathe a sigh of relief. Valentine's Day may not be as important to your partner as you think: 30 percent of women in relationships think the holiday is overrated.