National Grandparent’s Day is September 11

This year National Grandparent’s Day will be celebrated in the United States on Sunday, September 11. National Grandparent’s Day has been on the first Sunday following Labor Day since 1978. Some might be surprised to learn that the day is also celebrated in several other countries as well as the United States. However, Grandparent’s Day is on various dates outside of the United States.

While there continues to be some discussion about who exactly is responsible for the celebration of National Grandparent’s Day, this is one holiday that is appreciated by many. Perhaps some who are relatively new grandparents do celebrate National Grandparent’s Day and have done so for just long enough that they don’t realize there was a time when the holiday did not exist.

One story shared over the years about National Grandparent’s Day states that Marian McQuade of West Virginia was the founder of the holiday. President Jimmy Carter proclaimed the first Sunday after Labor Day would be set aside as National Grandparent’s Day in 1978. Since that year, many have used the day to show extra appreciation to their grandparents.

According to information found online while reporting about holidays such as National Grandparent’s Day, some schools encourage young students to make cards for this occasion for their grandparents. There are also online pages available now that will allow students to print out free greeting cards for National Grandparent’s Day. Cards that can be emailed to grandparents are also available if someone chooses not to purchase or make their own greeting card.

Of course, not every family with grandparents will be involved with National Grandparent’s Day. It does seem it has become quite commercial and that could take some of the fun out the day for many, just as some feel has happened with Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Readers might recall that several greeting card businesses seem to have added more cards for National Grandparent’s Day to their line over the year. Also, some stores promote the gift buying end of this a little too much so many of us.

Whether you are a grandparent who will be celebrated on National Grandparent’s Day, or someone who will choose to go the extra step and acknowledge a grandparent this year, it might be an enjoyable day for all involved. As with holidays to honor parents, most will agree there does not have to be a large event to participate in National Grandparent’s Day. Perhaps a phone call or a card will be enough for many.


  1. Cris Bernal

    It would be enjoyable day. I wish I am in the province so I can cook my favorite spaghetti so my mother as a grandparent will be happy. I wish her the best.

    1. Pat Z Anthony Post author

      It would be a nice thing to do, but we can’t always be with those we want to be with. I hope she had a good day there.

    1. Pat Z Anthony Post author

      Many of us no longer have grandparents and it is nice to have good memories of the ones we cared about while they were here.

    1. Pat Z Anthony Post author

      This must have been appreciated by the church members. It is nice that there are young ones in the church to offer their voices.

  2. Vickie Ewell

    My granddaughter is 1-1/2 years old, not quite old enough to understand Grandparents Day yet. She’s two days away by car, so we can’t just hop over there. We did get to have a super nice vacation week with her in July though.

    1. Pat Z Anthony Post author

      It is nice that you had time to visit during July-time just goes so fast and it can be difficult to be that far away from family.

  3. Tania K Cowling

    I look forward to the cute handmade cards my grandchildren make for us. Especially from the little ones who include their handprint — so you can see how much they have grown each year.

    1. Pat Z Anthony Post author

      This sounds like a nice way to remember the day. These items made by hand must be fun to keep over the years.

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