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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.


  • 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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