Dates and Origins of Grandparents' day
Grandparents' day Dates in 2017, 2018 and 2019
Grandparents' day is celebrated at the following dates:
- Sunday, September 10th 2017
- Sunday, September 9th 2018
- Sunday, September 8th 2019
Grandparent's day is celebrated in the United States as well as the United Kingdom the first day after labor day2. Here, it has been celebrated since 1978, though it has been officially adopted in a number of other countries as well2.
In the U.S., Marian McQuade, from Oak Hill, West Virginia, is officially recognized as the founder of National Grandparents' day. Governor Arch Moore of West Virginia proclaimed National Grandparents' day for the state. In 1973, Senator Jennings Rnadolph of West Virginia introduced a resolution in Senate to make National Grandparents' day an official holiday, which died in committee2. Hearing this, Marian McQuade organized supporters and contacts congressmen and senators from all 50 states, urging them to proclaim a grandparents' day in each of their own states3. Forty-three states had issued proclamations by 1976, the copies of which she sent to Senator Randolph3.
In 1977, he once again formed a resolution, this time alongside many other senators, to designate the first Sunday in September after labor day each year as National Grandparents' day. On August 3, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed the proclamation "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.3”
Forget-me-nots are the official flower of national grandparents' day. Flowers are given to grandparents' on this day in honor of their contributions.