National Grandparents Day is the first Sunday in September following Labor Day. For 2014 National Grandparents Day is September 7th. National Grandparents Day while not an official holiday in the United States, is a day for kids and families to honor grandparents.
National Grandparents Day in the United States
National Grandparents Day was first signed into law in 1978 by President Jimmy Carter. A presidential proclamation in 1979 designated National Grandparents Day as the first Sunday in September following Labor Day. While this day is an observance and not an official holiday it is a wonderful opportunity for both kids and entire families to honor their grandparents.
In 1978 the United States Senate recognized Marian McQuade of Oak Hill, West Virginia as the founder of National Grandparents Day. As a community educator to youth she made it important for kids and adults to recognize the contributions our seniors have made throughout our history. She also urged kids to “adopt” a grandparent and not just for a day, week, month or year but as a lifetime long event.
Official Flower National Grandparents Day
Official Song National Grandparents Day
A Song for Grandma and Grandpa” by Johnny Prill
Oh Grandma, Grandpa, you know that I love you I love all those little things that you say and do A walk through the park, a trip to the zoo Oh Grandma, Grandpa I love you
Going to a ball game, fishing on the lake Eating Grandma’s cookies, boy they sure taste great Going to the circus when it comes to town Eating cotton candy and laughing at the clowns
Oh Grandma, Grandpa, you know that I love you I love all those little things that you say and do A hug and a kiss, a ride home from school Oh Grandma, Grandpa I love you
Spending time together, talking on the phone Happy birthday presents, chocolate ice cream cones Photographs and memories, picnics and parades Saying that you love me in so many ways
Oh Grandma, Grandpa, you know that I love you I love all those little things that you say and do The stories you tell, things I never knew Oh Grandma, Grandpa I love you
A song for Grandpa and Grandpa by Johnny Prill – Johnny Prill Music, © 1982, © 2004
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