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.