Grandparents Day in USA 2024

Until Grandparents Day in USA are 148 days, ie 4 months and 25 days.

In 2024 Grandparents Day in USA is on 8th September (Sunday).

Most countries in the world celebrate either Grandmother’s Day and Grandfather’s Day, or one Grandparents’ Day in general. In the United States, National Grandparents’ Day has been proclaimed by the Congress in 1978 to be observed on the first Sunday after Labor Day, which is in the beginning of September. It is a non-public holiday.

There are few theories about the origins of the holiday. According to one group of people, National Grandparents’ Day was first proposed by Michael Goldgar who had spent a lot of money and made a lot of trips to Washington DC to get the holiday established. On the other hand, many people consider Marian McQuade, a housewife in West Virginia, to be the one who made a lot of effort to make people appreciate seniors. When she got a call from the White House in 1978 it became apparent that her actions became and inspiration for signing Grandparents’ Day into law by President Jimmy Carter.

The most recognizable symbol of Grandparents’ Day in the United States is the forget-me-not flower. However, this flower blooms in the spring, not in the autumn, so grandparents often receive some seasonal flowers as a sign of appreciation. Since 2004 there is also an official song of the National Grandparents’ Day in the USA – A Song for Grandma and Grandpa by Johnny Prill.

Grandparents’ Day, as the name suggests, is a great occasion to honor all grandmothers and grandfathers. People do that in different ways – mainly through giving cards or gifts. Many children also invite their grandparents to school that day, so that they can watch their grandchildren taking part in some special assembly programs. Sometimes simply a phone call or a meal together is an act of appreciation for grandparents.

Did you know?

Marian McQuade, considered to be the main founder of National Grandparents’ Day, used to educate people about the importance of the senior citizens, but also urged them to adopt a grandparent. It is expected that by 2030 more than 5 million of elderly individuals will be staying in nursing homes, and more than half of them does not have any visitors. This is why there are more and more volunteers that can “adopt a grandparent” - they are being matched to such lonely residents and spend time with them simply talking, reading or playing games.

Other years

Day of the weekDateName of holiday
Sunday11th September 2022Grandparents Day in USA 2022
Sunday10th September 2023Grandparents Day in USA 2023
Sunday7th September 2025Grandparents Day in USA 2025
Sunday13th September 2026Grandparents Day in USA 2026
Sunday12th September 2027Grandparents Day in USA 2027
Sunday10th September 2028Grandparents Day in USA 2028
Sunday9th September 2029Grandparents Day in USA 2029

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