SEPTEMBER 9 - 1st Sunday after Labor Day - National Grandparents Day

SEPTEMBER 9, 2012* - Grandparents Day
(1st Sunday after Labor Day)

National Grandparents Day is a secular holiday celebrated in the United States and Canada on the first Sunday after Labor Day and is celebrated in the United Kingdom on the first Sunday in October.
United States

Grandparents Day can be traced back to the first national Grandparents Day in 1978. With the efforts of Hermine B. Beckett Hanna, of North Syracuse, New York, who started the process in 1961 and was recognized by Congressman Jim Walsh, of New York in front of the U.S. House of Representatives. Marian McQuade of Oak Hill, West Virginia has also been recognized nationally by The United States Senate, in particular Senator Alphonse D'Amato, and President Carter as the founder of National Grandparents Day. McQuade made it her goal to educate the young in the community to the important contributions senior citizens have made, and to the important contributions they are willing to make if asked. She also urged the young to adopt a grandparent, not for one day a year, not for material giving, but for a lifetime of experience and caring just waiting to be shared with others.

In 1973 Senator Jennings Randolph (D-WV) introduced a resolution in the Senate to make Grandparents Day a national holiday. Five years later in 1978, Congress passed legislation proclaiming the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day and then-President Jimmy Carter signed the proclamation.The statute cites the day's purpose as: "... to honor grandparents, to give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children's children, and to help children become aware of strength, information, and guidance older people can offer."

Official Song of Grandparents Day

In 2004, the National Grandparents Day Council of Chula Vista, CA announced that "A Song for Grandma And Grandpa" by Johnny Prill is the official song of the National Grandparents Day holiday. United States Senator Debbie Stabenow told Johnny "It is wonderful that “A Song For Grandma And Grandpa” was chosen as the official song of National Grandparents Day. You have put into words the unique relationship between grandparents and their grandchildren."

The official flower of National Grandparents Day is the Forget-me-not.


National Grandparents Day began in Canada in 1995. Motion Number 273 moved in the House of Commons by Mr. Sarkis Assadourian read:   "That, in the opinion of this House, the government should consider designating the second Sunday in September of each year as grandparents day in order to acknowledge their importance to the structure of the family in the nurturing, upbringing and education of children."  The motion was agreed to.

United Kingdom

The celebration was introduced to the UK in 1990 by charity Age Concern. From 2008 it has been celebrated on the first Sunday in October.


In France, grandmothers and grandfathers are celebrated separately each year. Grandmother's Day began in 1987, the first Sunday in March. From 2008, Grandfather's Day has been celebrated on the first Sunday in October.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

*Grandparents' Day will be celebrated as follows:
                  2011 – September 11
                  2012 – September 9
                  2013 – September 8
                  2014 – September 7