When Is Grandparents Day?

Dates and More About This Family Holiday

grandparents and grandchildren alike enjoy Grandparents Day
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By statute, Grandparents Day is celebrated each year on the first Sunday after Labor Day, so it falls between September 7 and 13.

Here are Grandparents Day dates for the next few years:

  • September 10, 2017
  • September 9, 2018
  • September 8, 2019
  • September 13, 2020
  • September 12, 2021
  • September 11, 2022

Grandparents Day is usually the second Sunday in September. When, however, Labor Day falls on September 1, Grandparents Day falls on September 7, the first Sunday in September.

Because of the commonly held presumption that it falls on the second Sunday, you will often see an erroneous date listed when this occurs.

More About Grandparents Day

Grandparents Day is a real national holiday/observance, although it is not a federal holiday resulting in a day off from work for many people. The statute establishing the holiday reads as follows: "The President is requested to issue each year a proclamation (1) designating the first Sunday in September after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day; and (2) calling on the people of the United States and interested groups and organizations to observe National Grandparents Day with appropriate ceremonies and activities."

As you can see above, the official spelling is Grandparents Day without an apostrophe, not Grandparent's Day or Grandparents' Day.

The National Grandparents Day Council maintains a website and sponsors various contests in connection with Grandparents Day.

 The councill is a non-profit group established by descendants of Marian McQuade, often credited as the founder of Grandparents Day.

Grandparents Day Celebrations

Zoos, museums and smaller theme parks often offer special Grandparents Day celebrations, usually free or at a reduced price.

Other countries that celebrate Grandparents Day include Poland, which appears to be the first to have such a celebration; Canada, Australia and Taiwan.

Contrary to popular belief, florists and greeting card companies were not behind the adoption of this celebration. And Grandparents Day was not intended as a way for grandparents to get more stuff. Instead it was intended as a day for grandparents to show love for their children's children and for everyone to appreciate the value of older generations. 

Need some ideas for celebrating Grandparents Day? Almost anything that you and the grandchildren enjoy doing together is appropriate. 

But, mostly, just let the love flow.