Parents' Day

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When Celebrated

Always the fourth Sunday in July


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About the Holiday

Similar to Mother's Day and Father's Day, Parents' Day was established to recognize and support the role of parents in rearing of children. This is an official national holiday that was signed into law in 1994 by President Bill Clinton.

In covering this holiday, we've seen a couple of interpretations that look to differentiate this holiday from the more well-known Mother's Day and Father's Day.

  • Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has suggested that Parents' Day should replace Mother's Day and Father's Day to adopt a policy of minimizing traditional sex-based differences in parental roles.[1]
  • The National Parents' Day Council suggests that this should be a day where parents honor their children and the God-centered family ideal by rededicating themselves to unconditional love.[2]

While we believe each holiday should have it's own unique purpose and the above statements do have merit, we feel these interpretations seem more aimed at sending secondary, agenda related messages. Not to say that having an agenda or that the above agendas are wrong, but we feel that this can lead to debating different issues rather than focusing on the spirit of the holiday.

On that note, if you are searching for a different way to honor your parents, how about honoring the times they've had to be a parent? Not a friend or not the cool Mom/Dad, but the times they had to make the unpopular decision because it was the right decision.

That's one take on the holiday, what's your take? If you've found a great way to honor your parents on this day, send us an email to let us know.

Gift Guidelines

  • Breakfast in bed
  • Spa gift certificate
  • Straight A's on your report card
  • A "thank you" and a big hug

Related Holidays


  1. Wikipedia: Parents' Day
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