The History of Grandparents’ Day

by Bethany Day on September 21, 2012

Grandparents' DayGrandparents’ Day was first introduced to the UK in 1990 by the charity Age Concern and is now widely celebrated across the world.

The occasion has its origins in the US, where in the 1970’s one woman made it her mission to ensure that grandparents were recognised for the contribution they made to the family and wider society. Marian McQuade, grew up watching her own grandmother care for all of those around her and thought that grandparents everywhere deserved a special day dedicated to them.

During the 1970’s Marian campaigned tirelessly for a national holiday to be created to recognise the hard work and support that grandparents provided on a daily basis. From baby-sitting and cooking to providing financial and emotional support, grandparents enrich the lives of those around them, so it’s easy to see why Marian believed they deserved some appreciation.

After a few years of campaigning President Carter officially recognised the occasion and Grandparents’ Day was born. Two decades later the national holiday was brought over to the UK by the charity Age Concern who believed that British grandparents also deserved a day of celebration. The occasion has been celebrated on the first Sunday in October every year since.

This year Grandparent’s Day falls on Sunday October 7th and we’re aiming to raise awareness of this very special occasion with a Facebook competition giving you the chance to win a beautiful floral gift for your grandparents. All you have to do is visit the Interflora Facebook page and tell us why your grandparents are the best. A winner will be chosen every day* in the run up to Grandparents’ Day.

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