Grandparents Day is always celebrated on the first Sunday after Labor Day. This year, that’s Sunday, September 12! While we honor our grandparents every day, take an extra moment to appreciate all the joy and wisdom that grandparents bring to our lives.
Why Do We Celebrate Grandparents Day?
The History of Grandparents Day
Marian McQuade hoped to establish a national day that would honor grandparents, and in 1970 she began a campaign to do so. McQuade raised awareness about senior citizens throughout the 1970s. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter declared the first Sunday after Labor Day to be National Grandparents Day. Each year, the president issues a proclamation to keep the tradition going.
Grandparents Day has both an official flower and song. Both were chosen by the National Grandparents Day Council.
- The official flower is the forget-me-not.
- The official song is Johnny Prill’s “A Song for Grandma and Grandpa.”
Grandparents Day Dates
Grandparents Day is celebrated on the first Sunday after Labor Day (the first Monday in September).
|2021||Sunday, September 12|
|2022||Sunday, September 11|
|2023||Sunday, September 10|
|2024||Sunday, September 8|
Grandparents Day Activities and Gifts
Most grandparents don’t care what activity they do—they just want to spend time with their grandchildren.
If you have a grandparent, ask them to show you one of their favorite hobbies. Let your grandparents teach you a skill, like how to fish. Or, perhaps they enjoy garden walks or nature hikes. If your grandparent would prefer a calm day, ask them to show you their favorite classic movie.
Or, perhaps it would be fun to make arts and crafts together. We have a bunch of seasonal crafts to try from making hollyhock flower dolls to an autumn nut wreath.
Maybe you can bring them some treats, like Grandpa’s Banana Bread or Grandmother’s Blueberry Cake, both made by talented grandparents. Or, try making one of the dishes that your grandparents usually make for you.
If your grandparent does not live nearby, give them a phone call and make them a card! Even if the card doesn’t arrive by Grandparents Day, they’ll always appreciate a handwritten card which shows your thoughtfulness. Here are a few simple tips on how to write a proper thank you note (We’ll bet your grandparents know this!). You can even make a homemade card (with a potato!).
No matter what, the best Grandparents Day activity involves you and your grandparents together, celebrating your family and each other.
Happy Grandparents Day!
On Grandparents Day, it really is the thought that counts—just make sure your grandparents know that you’re thinking of them.
What’s your favorite way to celebrate Grandparents Day? Let us know below, and happy Grandparents Day!