National Grandparents Day was first created by Marian McQuade before 1973. However, it wouldn’t be recognized as a holiday on a State level until March 27th, 1973 when it became recognized by West Virginia. Thanks to President Jimmy Carter and Senators Robert Byrd and Jennings Randolph introducing official legislation into the Senate, it officially became a national holiday on August 3rd, 1978. It is celebrated on the second Sunday in September.
The statue making Grandparents Day a holiday lists the three purposes of this holiday. These 3 purposes are as follows: 1) to commemorate and pay respect to grandparents, 2) to recognize the importance that older people can have on the lives of the young, and 3) to give said grandparents the opportunity to show love and support for their children’s children.