Celebrate National Grandparents Day This Sunday September 13, 2020
Like Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, we also have a whole day dedicated to our grandparents. On the first Sunday after Labor Day, we celebrate National Grandparents Day. This year the date falls on September 13.
In 1977, Senator Randolph, with the help of other senators, introduced a joint resolution to the senate requesting the president to “issue annually a proclamation designating the first Sunday of September after Labor Day of each year as ‘National Grandparents’ Day’.”
Congress passed the legislation, proclaiming the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparent’s Day. On August 3, 1978, Jimmy Carter signed the proclamation, and the day was finally celebrated the following year.
The holiday experts at National Today share five facts about the holiday:
1. It Has Its Own Song-The official song for National Grandparents Day is “A Song for Grandma and Grandpa” by Johnny Prill.
2. It Has Its Own Flower-The official flower is the “forget-me-not” flower.
3. It’s Not Actually a Public Holiday-Even though it was signed in as a national holiday it is celebrated more as an observance than a public holiday.
4. On Average 4 Million Cards Were Sent-People are honoring their grandparents with cards, it’s the least we can do.
5. Highest Day for Visits in Nursing Homes-There are many days you’d want to spend with your grandparents but National Grandparents Day was on average the highest day for nursing home visits. Although you may not be able to see them in person this year, make sure to give them a call!