Parents' Day in the United States
Parental figures in the United States receive the recognition for the role they play in their children’s lives on Parents’ Day. The day aims to promote responsible parenting and to recognize positive parental role models. It celebrates the special bonds of love between parental figures and their children.
What Do People Do?
Parents’ Day is celebrated on the fourth Sunday each year. Citizens, organizations, and federal, state, and local governmental and legislative entities are encouraged to recognize Parents’ Day through proclamations, activities, and educational efforts to recognize, uplift and support the role of parents in bringing up their children.
The Parents’ Day Council plays an active role in celebrating and promoting Parents’ Day through a range of events and activities. For example, the council honors “Parents of the Year” at local, state and national levels. Those who have been nominated or selected are people who exemplify the standard and ideal of positive parenthood. Exemplary parents from each state are nominated for “National Parents of the Year”.
Parents’ Day is a popular time for people to send cards and gifts, including flowers, cakes and food hampers, to those who play an important role as a positive parental figure in their lives. It is also a time for families to come together for lunches or dinners. Special tributes to parental figures who are seen as role models are made through local announcements, at church services, or at local community events. Parents’ Day proclamations and rallies have been held in recent times and involved organizations such as the United Civil Rights Councils of America.
Parents’ Day is a national observance but it is not a public holiday in the United States.
Parents’ Day promotes the message that the role of the parent is important in human development, which requires investment, focus, and commitment. In 1994 President Bill Clinton signed into law a resolution adopted by the US Congress to establish the fourth Sunday of every July as Parents' Day. This day is similar to Mother's Day and Father's Day. According to the Congressional Resolution, Parents’ Day is established for “recognizing, uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of children” (cited in the National Parents' Day Council website).
Images of people engaged in active learning activities with their children are often used in photos, posters, paintings, stickers and sketches to promote Parents’ Day. Images of flowers are also used to promote the day. The messages that organizations try to portray through these images are that: commitment is a core family value; parental responsibilities are important to children’s growth and development; and that unconditional love is needed for a strong bond between parental figures and their children. Parental figures include biological, foster or step-parents.
Parents' Day Observances
|Weekday||Date||Year||Name||Holiday Type||Where it is Observed|
|Sun||Jul 25||2010||Parents' Day||Observance|
|Sun||Jul 24||2011||Parents' Day||Observance|
|Sun||Jul 22||2012||Parents' Day||Observance|
|Sun||Jul 28||2013||Parents' Day||Observance|
|Sun||Jul 27||2014||Parents' Day||Observance|
|Sun||Jul 26||2015||Parents' Day||Observance|
|Sun||Jul 24||2016||Parents' Day||Observance|
|Sun||Jul 23||2017||Parents' Day||Observance|
|Sun||Jul 22||2018||Parents' Day||Observance|
|Sun||Jul 28||2019||Parents' Day||Observance|
|Sun||Jul 26||2020||Parents' Day||Observance|
Quick FactsParents’ Day is celebrated in the United States on the fourth Sunday of July each year to recognize and promote parenting as a crucial part of families and the wider community.
Parents' Day 2016Sunday, July 24, 2016
Parents' Day 2017Sunday, July 23, 2017
Name in other languages
|Día de los Padres||Spanish|
|Tag der Eltern||German|
Other holidays in July 2016 in the United States
- Lailat al-Qadr – Saturday, July 2, 2016
- Independence Day – Monday, July 4, 2016
- Eid al-Fitr – Thursday, July 7, 2016
- Pioneer Day – Sunday, July 24, 2016
- Pioneer Day – Monday, July 25, 2016