National Grandparents Day was signed into law by President Jimmy Carter in 1978, and is celebrated on the first Sunday of September after Labor Day in the United States. Many people honor their grandparents through a range of activities such as gift-giving, card-giving, and for children to invite their grandparents to school for a day where they participate in special lessons or special assembly programs. Many school students take part in story-telling activities that relate to their grandparents, as well as art or poster competitions where children often use a story about their grandparents in their artwork.

There are three purposes for National Grandparents Day:
To honor grandparents.
To give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children's children.
To help children become aware of the strength, information and guidance older people can offer.

There are more grandparents today than ever before. By the year 2030, 1 in every 5 Americans will be over 65 years of age. For the first time in history, and probably for the rest of human history, people age 65 and older will outnumber children under age five.

Give children an opportunity to show their appreciation and love for their grandparents, and other significant older people in their lives.