Grandparents Special Day

Grandparents Special Day is celebrated in September, on    the first Sunday following Labor Day.   This year, our special day was celebrated on September 8, 2013.   Our next special    day will be September 7, 2014.

Pink Roses from my yard
Pink roses from my yard

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Grandparents Day special ivy arrangement

A presidential proclamation on September 6, 1979, by President Jimmy Carter, stated that Sunday, September 9, 1979 officially had been designated as National Grandparents Day and in future years the “first Sunday of September following Labor Day should be recognized."

Now, each year the President is requested to issue a proclamation to: designate the first Sunday in September after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day. 

It is recommended that the people of the United States, groups and various organizations  observe the day with appropriate ceremonies and activities with your grandparents and others.

Before you became a grandparent, did this day as  much to you? 

National Grandparents Day has more than one origin and I want to list and recognize the names of both contributors today.  

Marian McQuade

Some people feel it was founded by Marian McQuade, her primary purpose was to celebrate and honor the lonely elderly in nursing homes.  

(I feel she must have had the better PR firm, because she has more recognition for her efforts in making this day a reality!)   

From reading her obituary and publicity research, I found that she was a housewife in West Virginia and was to have been considered the main driving force for the creation of this special day of observance.

Calendar with Grandparents Day highlighted

Throughout the 1970s McQuade worked hard to educate the people about the important contributions senior citizens made and the contributions that they would be willing to make if asked.

She also urged people to adopt a grandparent, not for one day a year and not for material giving, but for a lifetime of experience.

She hoped to encourage grandchildren to inherit the wisdom and heritage from their grandparents.

Phone call celebrating National Grandparents Day

Don't you know she was excited on the morning that she received a phone call from the White House to advise her of this event.

Many people believe that National Grandparents Day was inspired by her efforts.  Thank you, Marian!

Another contributor to this Day


This is the only information I found on the other person who is considered to have first proposed a grandparent's special day, Michael Goldgar.    In the 1970's after he visited his aunt in an Atlanta nursing home, he realized that grandparents should be recognized.  

During his seventeen trips to Washington, DC, he met various congressman during a seven year span.  He reportedly spent over $11,000 of his own money in lobbying efforts to have the day officially recognized.

Grandparents Special Day

Each year, children and grandchildren honor their grandparents through a range of activities such as  gift-giving, card-giving, and for children to invite grandparents to school for a day to participate in special lessons or special assembly programs.


Many school students take part in story-telling activities that relate to their grandparents, as well as art or poster competitions where children often use a story about their grandparents in their artwork.

Yes, truth be known, it is also a day that local florists, Hallmark, Amazon, Wal-Mart and other stores enjoy the sales of cards, books, candy, flowers, etc. 

About four million greeting cards are sent within the United States each year on National Grandparents Day.

Beautiful Geraniums

This day is also an opportunity for people to appreciate and express their love to their grandparents through kind actions such as making a phone call or inviting their grandparents for dinner.  People living in retirement villages or nursing homes may receive a visit from their grandchildren or loved ones on this day.

Statistics prepared by the U.S. Census Bureau show that Grandparents are Raising Grandchildren

These statistics are the latest available from the U. S. Census Bureau.  In 2011, it was discovered that over 7 million grandparents have grandchildren under 18 living with them.  Then in 2012, 10% of all children in the United States are now living with a grandparent  totaling 7.1 million. Yes, this trend continues to grow. 

Another important statistic is that in 2011, 5.5 million of children under 18 living with a grandparent household.  Nearly half (48 percent) or 2.6 million, were under the age of 6. 

Other statistics also include the following:

2.7 million - Number of grandparents responsible for the basic needs of one or more grandchildren under age 18 living with them in 2011.

1.9 million - Number of married (including separated) grandparents responsible for caring for their grandchildren. 

1.7 million - Number of grandparents in the labor force responsible for own grandchildren under age 18.  Among them 338, 000 were 60 years or older.

657,000 - Number of grandparents who had a disability and were responsible for their grandchildren.

844,000 - Grandparents living in renter-occupied housing that carried for their grandchildren as compared to 1.9 million  Grandparents who were living in owner-occupied residency. 

505,000 - Number of foreign-born grandparents responsible for their own grandchildren under age 18. 

2.1 million - Number of grandparents responsible for their grandchildren, who speak only English.  255,000 speak another language but speak English rather well.  414,000 speak another language and don't speak English "very well."

Grandparents Special Day:
Official Symbols


Forget-me-not flowers not only beautiful but they also symbolize National Grandparents Day in the United States.  This flower reminds me of a violet.


Listen to this YouTube song "A Song For Grandma and Grandpa"  officially written by Johnny Prill and considered to be the song for National Grandparents Day in 2004.  I know that you will have a smile on your face when it is finished. Notice the great artwork that was included in the video.


Find more grandparenting ideas online at our Home Page Grandparenting Essentials

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