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grandpa holding new grandchildGrandparents! Where would we be without them?

Traditionally observed on the first Sunday after Labor Day, National Grandparents Day is celebrated this year in the US and Canada on Sunday, September 10, 2017.

In the US, Grandparents Day may be observed with happy family get-togethers, special travel excursions that include Grandma and Grandpa, and even civic events that celebrate grandparents throughout an entire community.

All about Grandparents Day

Celebrating grandparents was a fairly new idea when West Virginian native, Marian McQuade, pressed the U.S. Senate to proclaim a special day for grandparents in 1978.

That same year, President Jimmy Carter signed the bill into law proclaiming special recognition for grandparents throughout the land.

As the popularity of Grandparents Day caught on, forget-me-nots were designated the official flower of Grandparents Day.

Today, Grandparents Day remains a great excuse for family get-togethers -- marked with greeting cards, flower bouquets, special grandparents day gifts, or for treating grandparents to a dinner out or homemade feast in their honor.

DID YOU KNOW? Grandparents Day fun facts

celebrities raised by grandparents
Grandparent raised. From top left,
a young Oprah Winfrey, Presidents
Bill Clinton and Barack Obama,
and actor Jack Nicholson.

• In the US and Canada, Grandparents Day is celebrated in September on the first Sunday after Labor Day. In the UK, it's the first Sunday in October while Germany celebrates Grandmothers Day on the second Sunday in October. Dia del Abuelo, or Grandparents Day, is celebrated in Mexico every year on August 28.

• In the US, it's grandma and grandpa. In Latin America and Spain it's abuela and abuelo. In Germany, oma and opa are traditional names for a grandmother and grandfather.

• Famous people who have been raised by their grandparents include Oprah Winfrey, Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, actor Jack Nicholson, singer Willie Nelson, funny lady Carol Burnett, and poet Maya Angelou.

• Grandparents are younger than ever today with a median age of 48. More than half the grandparents in the United States are baby boomers and about 10% have tattoos!

• Grandparents are wonderful caregivers (think about all the experience they have!) with more than 2 million grandparents in the US acting as the head of household.

More about Grandparents Day around the Web:

Around the Web, check out fun activities for the kids, e-cards to send, crafts to create, and family history to explore - for a complete celebration of Grandparents Day ....

Grandparents Day Activity Kit - Find great ideas for celebrating the day including how to create a family tree, genealogy research, story telling, scrapbooking and comprehensive links to related sites on grandparenting.

Grand Activities for Grandparents Day - This is a great resource for teachers and parents with ideas for activities and events, poems and lesson plans.

National Grandparents Day - Check out the Wikipedia history with fun facts and background information on the holiday with related photos and resources.

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