Origins of Grandparents Day

If you’ve spent any time on our blog at all, you are certainly aware that Grandparents Day is coming soon–September 9 to be exact. But what else do you know about Grandparents Day? Here are some interesting tidbits surrounding this still-somewhat-obscure holiday.

Most people attribute the concept of Grandparents Day to Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade. Marian was a West Virginia mother of 15 who gathered enough support for a unique day that would pay tribute to grandparents that in 1973 the mayor of West Virginia made a proclamation for Grandparents Day.

Five years later, President Jimmy Carter issued a federal proclamation for this special day to be celebrated the first Sunday after Labor Day.

Over time, Marian’s descendants established the National Grandparents Day Council. According to this nonprofit organization, their mission and goals are as follows:

The purpose of the Council is to enlarge and enhance
the celebration of National Grandparents Day by
cultivating intergenerational activities throughout the year.

Our goals are to honor grandparents and to strengthen
the bond between grandparents and grandchildren.
Additionally, we strive to draw compassionate attention
to the eldest of society’s elderly–those in nursing homes. 


And, something else you may not know…Grandparents Day has its own song!  “A Song for Grandma and Grandpa” by Johnny Prill was written just for this special day. Not even Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or Thanksgiving have their own song!

For more information on the history of Grandparents Day, go to And, for some great ideas for Grandparents Day activities and crafts, check out

And, of course, for the perfect Grandparents Day gift, look no further than Grandparenting Through Obstacles: Overcoming Family Challenges to Reach Your Grandchildren for Christ!


Grandparent Day of Prayer

Cavin Harper at Christian Grandparenting Network is asking grandparents all over the world to unite in prayer for their grandchildren on Sunday, September 9, 2012.
This date is officially National Grandparents Day.
Cavin Harper has called a “Grandparent Day of Prayer” for grandparents all over the world to “stand in the gap” for their grandkids’ generation. Cavin writes:
“Join thousands of grandparents around the world to stand in the gap for their grandchildren on the second annual Grandparents Day of Prayer on September 9, 2012. Just as Esther stood in the gap for her people, grandparents can stand in the gap with prayer for their grandchildren.
“The first step is to sign up on our website and commit to participate in the worldwide movement to pray for our grandchildren on September 9, 2012.”
Participants who sign up will receive a link to download a prayer card, 31 Scriptures to Pray for your Grandchildren.
From the Grandparent Day of Prayer page, you can also help spread the word by sharing on Facebook. 
For this second annal Grandparent Day of Prayer, Cavin asks, “Why not gather a group of grandparents in your church or community to pray with you?”