Grandparents & Elders Monthly Theme September

Fun facts about grandparents

Grandparent’s Day falls on September 12 and is a day for celebrating the connections between different generations. The roots of Grandparent’s Day trace back to 1956 when a West Virginia mother organized a celebration to honor the many nursing home residents in her community. It was recognized as a national holiday in 1978.

To continue the tradition in honoring our grandparents who bring joy and wisdom to our lives here are some fun facts!

  • There are over 70 million grandparents in the nation.
  • Grandparents represent one-third of the population and lead 37% of all U.S. households in this country.
  • Grandparents are generous! They make 45% of the nation’s cash contributions to nonprofit organizations.
  • 72% think being a grandparent is the single most important role in their lives.
  • Maya Angelou, Carol Burnett, Bill Clinton, Willie Nelson, Eric Clapton, and Oprah Winfrey are just a few famous faces who were raised by their grandparents.
  • 2 million U.S. households are multigenerational.
  • Grandparents are intellectually curious. 71% say reading is one of their favorite activities.
  • Grandparent’s Day always falls on the Sunday after Labor Day.