How to Celebrate Grandparents Day

Grandparents Day is celebrated each year in the United States on the first Sunday following Labor Day. Here are some ways to commemorate the holiday.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Visit elderly members of your community who do not have family or are unable to be with their families on Grandparents Day. If you don't have grandparents, adopt some!
  • FACT: Marian McQuade, an advocate for senior issues since the 1950s and the founder of Grandparents Day in 1973, had 43 grandchildren at the time of her death in 2008.
  • Step 2: With grandparents' help, construct a family tree as a family activity, tracing your ancestral lines.
  • Step 3: Have grandparents teach young members of the family songs, dances, and other old family traditions. Ask them to explain the meanings and origins of these traditions.
  • TIP: Have a story time in which grandparents talk about how things were in the "old days."
  • Step 4: Look at old photographs in family albums. Ask grandparents to help identify people in the photos and what action or event the photo depicts.
  • Step 5: Host a family gathering. Introduce activities that both young and old can participate in.

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