Grandparents Day always falls on the first Sunday after Labor Day in the U.S. — which means September 8, 2019.
Grandparents Day is, in fact, a real holiday when in August 1978, Jimmy Carter signed a proclamation designating the first Sunday of September after Labor Day as 'National Grandparents' Day"
What are you going to do to recognize the grandparents in your life?!?
*Interview one of your grandparents and keep that memory for life
*Cook breakfast, lunch or dinner for your grandparents
*Spend the day with your grandparents
Happy Grandparents Day Weekend to All of the Amazing Grandparents out there!!!
When Did Grandparents Day Become a Holiday
1920's Marian McQuade: The eventual founder of National Grandparents Day accompanies her grandmother as she distributes food and checks to elderly neighbors near the family farm in West Virginia. This fostered a lifelong interest in seniors - and most notably, grandparents.
1956 Special Tribute: McQuade helps to launch a special tribute to West Virginia's octogenarians which starts her on the road to activism on behalf of seniors.
1969 A Letter to the President: In 1969 when Russell Capper was age 9 he sent a letter to President Nixon suggesting a special day be set aside as Grandparents Day. On June 12th 1969 he received a letter back from the personal secretary to the President thanking him for his suggestion but the President ordinarily issues proclamations designating periods for special observance only when a Congressional resolution authorizes him to do so. Since this letter Marian McQuade was recognized nationally by the US Senate and by President Jimmy Carter, as the founder of National Grandparents Day. McQuade made it her life goal to educate the youth in the community about the important contributions seniors have made throughout history.
1973 National Holiday: Senator Jennings Randolph introduced a resolution to the senate to make Grandparents' Day a National Holiday. Marian McQuade organized supporters and began contacting governors, senators and congressmen in all fifty states. Within three years she had received Grandparents' Day proclamations from forty-three states.
1977 Issued Proclamation: Designating the first Sunday of September after Labor Day of each year as 'National Grandparents Day'.
1978 Accomplishing a Dream: Congress passed the legislation on August 3rd, and then-President Jimmy carter signed the proclamation to honor grandparents. Giving grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children's children, and to help children become aware of the strength, information and guidance older people can offer.
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