Parents' Day 2020: When is Parents' Day 2020 & 2021?

Below you can find dates of Parents' Day 2020 and Parents' Day 2021. In the table you can check how many days you have been on holiday, which week is the holiday and which day of the month.

When is ..? Date Day of the week Week Number Day left
Parents' Day 2019 July 28, 2019 Sunday 30 Passed
Parents' Day 2020 July 26, 2020 Sunday 30 257
Parents' Day 2021 July 25, 2021 Sunday 29 621
Parents' Day 2022 July 24, 2022 Sunday 29 985
Parents' Day 2023 July 23, 2023 Sunday 29 1349
Parents' Day 2024 July 28, 2024 Sunday 30 1720
Parents' Day 2025 July 27, 2025 Sunday 30 2084
Parents' Day 2026 July 26, 2026 Sunday 30 2448
Parents' Day 2027 July 25, 2027 Sunday 29 2812
Parents' Day 2028 July 23, 2028 Sunday 29 3176
Parents' Day 2029 July 22, 2029 Sunday 29 3540

Parents’ Day

Parents’ Day or National Parents’ Day is celebrated annually on the fourth Sunday in July in the United States. This holiday was established in 1994 when President Bill Clinton signed a Congressional Resolution into law for "recognizing, uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of children." Parents' Day is celebrated throughout the United States and this special day, which comes after the Mother's Day in May and the Father's Day in June, is an opportunity to honor both our mother and father together, actually the “team” that made up our family. Parents’ Day also recognizes and emphasizes the parental responsibilities, family structure, family values and importance of becoming parents who build the fundamental human institution bonded by unconditional love and commitment.

Parents’ Day will be celebrated on 26th of July in 2020, 25th of July in 2021 and 24th of July in 2022.

Parents’ Day Background

In 1994, President Bill Clinton signed a congressional resolution to commemorate Parents’ Day in an effort to promote family commitment and parental responsibilities. The bill was introduced by Republican Senator Trent Lott. It was supported by members of the Unification Church which also celebrates a holiday called Parents' Day, although on a different date. National Parents’ Day Coalition was developed to support Parents’ Day by annually selecting ‘Parents’ of the Year’ at local, national and state levels since 2000. The Coalition also provides educational programs for parents and aims to promote the stability of family by encouraging fidelity between husbands and wives, as well as abstinence in young people prior to marriage. In addition to The National Parents’ Day Coalition, other organizations use Parents’ Day to promote the traditional two parent nuclear family model. This observance is more consistent, because it minimizes traditional sex-based differences in parental roles. But as far as Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are very popular in the USA, its unlikely Parents’ Day will replace them any time soon.

Parents’ Day Celebrations

In the United States, Parent’s Day is not a public holiday but only a national observance. Which means that all businesses, government agencies and transit lines will function as normal on this day. However, on this day many people take the time out of their day to show their parent’s respect, love, and appreciation. This is done by children throwing their parents parties, by giving them cards or other such gifts. 

  • Parents can sit down with their children for a family conversation and discuss the meaning of Parents' Day and come up with ideas to celebrate as a family," Hirsch suggests. Topics could include the best thing about your family, what qualities make a good parent and what makes a family close.
  • A special breakfast is an ideal setting for a family conversation like the one described above. Instead of mommy and daddy cooking breakfast, each family member could be assigned a task, so the job is accomplished by teamwork. 
  • Create a family tree or scrapbook is another idea for celebrating the Parents’ Day. Families again may work together to record the people, characteristics and activities that make their family special. 
  • You may celebrate the holiday by planning future family fun such as drafting a family bucket list or thinking up a new family tradition. 
  • Do not forget to show your appreciation for your family. It is the time for doing some activities together as a family to remember or to be thankful being a part of that group. For example, families may work together to bake a cake, and then enjoy it together as a family.
  • To celebrate the parents in your neighborhood you may invite their families over for a cookout. It would be a great moment to get together and it also grants you the opportunity to get to know the other parents who live around you. The better you know one another, the more you can support and encourage each other.

Parents’ Day Customs and Traditions

Many events are organized by the Parents’ Day Council, who awards “Parents of the Year” which are chosen from outstanding parents nominated by each state.  Individually, children will send cars, give gifts, or call their parents. Some may plan special activities, such as a meal out or another recreational activity. Churches may hold special services under the theme of parenthood. People send cards to their parents or take them out to eat. It is also a time to show appreciation to anyone who had played a parent role in your life. Perhaps more importantly, Parent's Day can be used as a day for parents to re-dedicate their lives to investing in their children, each other, and their families. 

Parents’ Day Facts

No parent is perfect. No child is perfect either … keeping this in mind is important when we set our expectations. There are many controversial features of a good parent depending on who you ask. Some people believe that a good parent fulfills certain attachment parenting techniques, and some intensely participate in their children's daily exploration tasks, while others claim that a good-natured child is always dressed properly and does not listen and listen to who is talking or investigating. Finding the middle ground towards parenting will help you and your child achieve the same family goals in a loving home. Because every child and family situation are unique, it can be hard to know the best thing to do in every parenting situation. While there is no magic formula for perfect parenting, there are certain traits and behaviors that successful parents share:

  • Love your child unconditionally. Never withhold love as a punishment for bad behavior. While you don't have to accept your child's negative choices or behaviors, tell him and show him that you love and accept him as a person. Give him your love and support in good times and in bad. Loving your child can be as simple as giving them hugs, spending time with them and listening to their issues seriously. Showing these acts of love can trigger the release of feel-good hormones such as oxytocin, opioids and prolactin. These neurochemicals can bring us a deep sense of calm, emotional warmth and contentment, from these the child will develop resilience and not to mention a closer relationship with you.
  • Be an example of the kind of person you want your child to be. Model the positive attitudes and behaviors that you expect from her. Your children are the keenest observers of everything you do and say. Your personal example will have an enormous impact on how your child behaves. Strive to be your best self, and be someone your child can emulate.
  • Spend quality time together. Even when your schedule is busy and hectic, find time to focus on each individual child. Take advantage of small opportunities to bond. Whether it's during the drive to school, while taking a walk, during mealtimes or bath times, you can take those few minutes to focus on your child, listen to his thoughts and concerns, and show how much you care about him.
  • Set reasonable rules and expectations for your child and be consistent. The key to effective discipline is to have clear rules and boundaries in place for your child and to be consistent about enacting consequences. Establish routines for your children to follow, and be clear and specific about the behavior you expect from them.
  • Focus on positive behavior as much as possible. Recognize the positive choices and behaviors of your child and give her sincere praise for the good things she does. Acknowledging and complimenting your child's positive behavior will help reinforce it. It will also help prevent your child from using negative behavior as a way to get attention.
  • Empower your child and help her feel capable. Give her opportunities to work independently. For a young child, it might be as simple as setting the table or cleaning up her toys. Older children might cook a meal or plan a family activity. Whatever options you choose, find ways to teach your children that they are competent. Support them and help them, but don't try to solve all their problems for them.
  • Accept mistakes-your own and your child's. Life is difficult and everyone will make mistakes. Have realistic goals and expectations for yourself and your children, and forgive each other when you sometimes fall short. Learn from mistakes, and use them as an opportunity to grow.
  • Ten important qualities for parents to have:
  1. Patience
  2. Listening
  3. Understanding
  4. Consistency
  5. Empathy
  6. Ability to Express Love
  7. Silliness
  8. Flexibility
  9. Creativity
  10. Self-Care 

Parents’ Day Symbols

To promote Parents' Day, images of active learning activities are often used in photographs, posters, pictures, stickers and sketches. Flower images are also used to promote the day. The messages that organizations try to revive through these images are: commitment is a fundamental family value; parental responsibilities are important for the growth and development of children; Unconditional love is necessary for a strong bond between parents and their children. Parental symbols include all parental categories, such as biological, foster or step-parents.

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