In 1970, Marian McQuade decided to make it her goal to educate the youth in the community about the important contributions seniors have made throughout history.
She urged the youth to "adopt" a grandparent, not just for one day a year, but rather for a lifetime.
McQuade began a campaign to set aside a special day just for grandparents. And, in 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a presidential proclamation, designating the first Sunday after Labor Day as "National Grandparents Day."
The first official observance was Sept. 9, 1979 — and it has been celebrated every year since.
Check out this list of suggested activities from the Grandparents.com website geared towards creating memories, providing fun and establishing traditions with the elderly of this generation:
- Grandparents Day is the perfect day to get together and make precious keepsakes that feature photos of the whole family.
- Have fun at Zoo Atlanta on Sept. 11 where a grandparent will enjoy free admission when a second ticket, of any type, is purchased at regular price. Patrons must mention "Grandparents Day" at the Zoo Atlanta admissions window to receive discount.
- On Grandparents Day, turn a fun activity into a treasured tradition between you and your grandchildren. Something you and your grandchildren will always remember such as starting a journal or a garden with your grandchild.
- While the weather is still nice, take a walk with the whole family. Celebrate Grandparents Day by unplugging and venturing into nature for some good conversation and healthy exercise.
- The eve of Grandparents Day is a great night for the grandchildren to sleep over.
For a detailed list and more ideas, go to the activities section of Grandparents.com.