A secular holiday, National Grandparents Day is celebrated in the United States since 1978 and is officially recognized in a number of countries on various days of the year, either as one holiday or sometimes as a separate Grandfathers’ and Grandmothers’ Day. This day is meant to celebrate and strengthen the important bonds between grandparents and grandchildren, and the whole family. Mark this day in whichever way suits your family best!
Grandparents Day has a threefold purpose
- to give grandparents the opportunity to show love for their children’s children
- to help children become aware of the strength, information and guidance older people can offer
- to honor grandparents
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How Grandparents Day Began
In 1970, Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade, a West Virginia housewife, initiated a campaign that was meant to set aside a special day just for grandparents. The campaign expanded statewide quickly through the concentrated efforts on part of civic, political leaders, churches and businesses.
Governor Arch Moore proclaimed the first Grandparents Day in 1973 in West Virginia. In 1978, the United States Congress passed legislation proclaiming the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day. September was chosen for the holiday to signify the “autumn years” of life.
The proclamation was signed by President Jimmy Carter. Click on the image to zoom in and read the proclamation!
Facts You Did Not Know about Grandparents Day
There is an official song for this holiday. In 2004, the National Grandparents Day Council of Chula Vista, CA announced that “A Song for Grandma and Grandpa” by Johnny Prill would be the official song. Prill was presented with the National Songwriter’s Award in recognition of his highly popular composition. You can listen to the song below.
The official flower of the US National Grandparents Day is the forget-me-not, which blooms in spring. As a result, seasonal flowers are given in appreciation to grandparents on this day.
The holiday is expected to grow in significance over the next decade and beyond, as the number of grandparents in the US rises from 65 million in 2011 to 80 million in 2020, as a result of the baby boom.
In 2012, 30% of the children under 5 with working mothers were cared for on a regular basis by a grandparent. Grandparents in America are increasingly responsible for child care and support.