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National Grandparents Day Is Always The First Sunday After Labor Day

Updated on September 11, 2016
Grandparents | Source

National Grandparents Day is a secular holiday that has been celebrated since 1979. It is always officially recognized in the United States on the first Sunday after Labor Day. It is recognized in other countries on different days of the year as a separate Grandmothers Day and Grandfathers Day. However, in the United Statesonly day is designated for both grandparents, maternal and paternal.

Purpose of National Grandparents Day

Grandparents Day was established to help children connect with their grandparents and also become aware of the advice and wealth of knowledge that older generations offer.

Of the 7,000,000 grandparents in the United States today, the average age is 48 years old. They are young enough to enjoy playing games with their grandchildren.

If grandparents live far away from their grandchildren, they can face time on their computers.

History of Grandparents Day

Marian McQuade of Oak Hill, West Virginia, was instrumental in getting Grandparents Day approved as a secular holiday. She urged the United States Senate and President Jimmy Carter to get each state to proclaim their own Grandparents Day. Within three years, she had received Grandparents' Day proclamations from forty-three states.

Congress passed the legislation proclaiming the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents' Day and on August 3, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed the proclamation.

According to the statute, the purpose of Grandparents Day is trifold:

  1. to honor grandparents
  2. to give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children's children
  3. to help children become aware of strength, information, and guidance older people can offer

Flowers of Grandparents Day

Forget-Me-Nots are official flowers for Grandparents Day
Forget-Me-Nots are official flowers for Grandparents Day | Source

President Barack Obama's Proclamation

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 11, 2016, as National Grandparents Day. I call upon all Americans to take the time to honor their own grandparents and those in their community.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this ninth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-first.



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      Margaret Minnicks 16 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Thanks for reading and commenting. I am a grandmother, but my grandchildren are so busy they never remember. That's OK though. I love them anyway. By the way, they are pictured with me in the article. That's an old picture. All three of them are now as tall as I am.

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      Dora Weithers 16 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for bringing Grandparents Day to the surface. I never remember it, never participated, but I'm searching my mind right now for someone I could honor as a grandparent figure. Thank you.