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When Is Grandparents Day?


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Question: When Is Grandparents Day?
When is Grandparents Day, and how is the date determined?

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. 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 this decade:

  • September 11, 2011
  • September 9, 2012
  • September 8, 2013
  • September 7, 2014
  • September 13, 2015
  • September 11, 2016
  • September 10, 2017
  • September 9, 2018
  • September 8, 2019

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 the 2014 date listed in error as September 14.

The actual statute 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 observe above, the official spelling is Grandparents Day without an apostrophe, not Grandparent's Day or Grandparents' Day.

Learn more about the purpose of Grandparents Day, or get ideas for appropriate gifts for grandparents or gifts for grandchildren.

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