Grandparents Day was first instituted in the United States in 1978 and is now recognized by many other international countries. In Canada, Grandparents Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in September.
Grandparents Day was first proclaimed in the United States by then-president Jimmy Carter, who readily acknowledged the founding work of Marian McQuade. McQuade campaigned for many years, achieving her first success in the state of West Virginia in 1973 when Governor Arch Moore proclaimed May 27, 1973, Grandparents Day. There is also reason to credit New York State's Hermine Beckett Hanna who campaigned for the celebration since 1961.
In Canada, National Grandparents Day was first observed in 1995, with a bill passed by the ruling Liberal majority. In the meantime, however, Grandparents Day has not sparked significant national participation. The same complaint can be made in the Unites States and the United Kingdom (where the day is celebrated in October).
In Poland, Grandmother's and Grandfather's Day have been celebrated in January since the mid 1960's. In Australia, Grandparents' Day is held in November and is marked by school and community events.
McQuade and others had specific focuses in mind when campaigning for a day to honour grandparents. The day had three primary purposes:
What are some things to do on Grandparents Day?
Some ideas for Grandparents Day are as follows:
Grandparents Day is one day a year and it is a shame that it does not get the same attention that is given to Mother's Day and Father's Day. Raise awareness for this day by vocally celebrating your own or your children's grandparents!