Grandparents Day 2016

Grandparents day is a like a festival celebrated in the United States just to strengthen the bond between the generations.

When Grandparents Day Celebrated?

Grandparents Day celebration date is not specific because it is celebrated on the first Sunday after the Labor Day every year.


The first Grandparents day was celebrated in 1970 by the Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade who was a West Virginia homemaker and also a mother of 15 children. To celebrate Grandparents day she also get a support of businesses, political leaders, churches and civic groups but publicly it was celebrated in West Virginia in 1973 by the Governor Arch Moore.

She got an inspiration to celebrate this day from her grandma Maude McClung Dickerson where she often visited during her childhood. Her grandma who used to work on 130 acre farm, after completing her task on the farm often visited the elderly people of their community to share their feelings and loneliness. From that day McQuade had a soft corner for the seniors which also inspired her to celebrate the Grandparents day. Today this day is celebrated by millions of people in the United States.

When Grandparents day gets popular in West Virginia McQuade tried to convince the media, Senators, governors and congressional representatives of every state to celebrate the National Grandparents day. At last she succeeded and Congress had passed the law which was signed by the President Jimmy Carter declaring that every year the Sunday after the Labor Day was observed as the National Grandparents Day.

Grandparents day was officially celebrated for the very first time on September 9, 1979. After this she also started a National Grandparents day council which is basically a non profitable organization and whose main motto is to strengthen the bond between the generations by promoting the appreciation and activities and by encouraging the citizens to visit the old people in the nursing homes.

Purpose of Grandparents Day

Grandparents day basically solves the purpose of helping the children so that they came to know about their strength, love, information and guidance which they can offer at the time of need. On Grandparents day grandparents can also show their love and affection for their grandchildren.

Activities of Grandparents Day

Many activities are done on this auspicious Grandparents day. Some grandparents like to remain with their grandchildren by playing games with them or by narrating the stories of their past to enlighten the children about their past. Grandparents day is the right time to remove all the generation gaps through communication.

Old music and songs are played and sometimes the talents like cooking, quilting and many more are done by the grandparents so that the grandchildren came to know about their talents.

Also for the grandparents who are living in the nursing homes the National Grandparents Day Council sponsors the contests like essay, story-telling, photo, songwriting to fill their loneliness.

Grandparents Day Official Flower

Forget-me-not is the official flower of the Grandparents day which was adopted by the National Grandparents Day Council on April 20, 1999. It not only reminds you the relationship but also created the lasting memories.

Grandparents Day Official Song

The official song of the grandparents day is “a song for Grandma and Grandpa” written by Johnny Prill. On hearing this song Debbie Stabenow, the U.S. Senator of Michigan also said that Prill has successfully described the relation between the grandparents and their grandchildren into words.

In short we can say that this day signifies a spirit of love and respect for our elders.

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