National Good Neighbor Day
When is National Good Neighbor Day? This holiday is always celebrated on September 28
Ah, it’s National Good Neighbor Day. This September 28 holiday is definitely a good thing. Being good neighbors is an important part of the social fiber that makes this country so great. Good relations with your neighbors are worth their weight in gold. You just might see them more than you see your relatives. Therefore, it seems only fitting that one day a year honors them.
This day of recognition is not to be confused with other forms of “Good Neighbor Days”. Stores proclaim these days to promote sales of thier products. A wide range of organizations announce “Good Neighbor Days” to promote their cause. And local municipalities and governments also get into the act, proclaiming “Good Neighbor Days” for a variety of reasons.
Rather, this day is to truly recognize and appreciate your good neighbors. Hopefully, one of them is you!
How to Celebrate National Good Neighbor Day
Here are some suggestions for celebrating the day:
- Help your neighbors in some way.
- Offer a smile and friendly hello to your neighbor
- Have your neighbor over for a meal
- Hold a block party
- Get to know your neighbor a little better
Words of Wisdom for Today
“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” – – Willie Nelson
History and Origin of National Good Neighbor Day
In the early 1970s, Mrs. Becky Mattson from Lakeside, Montana recognized the importance of good neighbors and started the effort to make this a “National” day. With the help of congressman Mike Mansfield, she succeeded in getting three presidents (Nixon, Ford, and Carter) to issue proclamations, along with numerous governors.
In 2003, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution, sponsored by Montana Senator Max Baucus, changing the date of this holiday to September 28. Previously, this day was celebrated on the fourth Sunday of September.
Note: Rhode Island initiated a movement to pass a National Neighbor Day on the Sunday before Memorial Day. The action never materialized into a formal national proclamation or law.
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