Is American Family Day new to you? It may not be a well-known holiday but it’s quite an important one. This year, American Family Day will be celebrated on Sunday, August 6th. Originated in Arizona as a time to focus on family relationships, then-Governor Raul Castro first proclaimed the holiday on August 7, 1977. The following year, Governor Bruce Babbit signed American Family Day into law as an official state holiday. Today, it’s observed annually across the United States on the first Sunday of August. On this day, families are encouraged to celebrate by spending meaningful time together and appreciating one another. Gifts are discouraged on American Family Day; instead, bonding is the focus.
Why is family bonding so important? In today’s fast-paced world, we often rush from place to place and we’re overloaded with things to do—work, school, sports, activities, chores—the list may seem endless. But no matter how busy we are, making time for those we love is something that shouldn’t be cast aside. There’s truth in the old saying, “The family that plays together, stays together.” Spending quality family time is essential in building strong, last relationships. It teaches kids about interacting with others, it improves confidence and communication, and it creates wonderful memories that can last a lifetime.
It’s easy to enjoy time with your family. So how might you celebrate American Family Day? It really doesn’t matter what you do as long as you’re with your family and having fun together. You could do something as complex as a home improvement project or something as simple as going for a walk. Your celebration doesn’t have to be costly and it doesn’t have to be a big grand affair. Here are some other ideas for American Family Day activities that you might enjoy doing with your loved ones:
- Go on a picnic
- Play board games
- Cook and eat your favorite meal
- Go shopping
- Go fishing (RAACE Executive Director, Brad Brickel’s favorite!)
- Spend the day volunteering together
- Go roller skating
- Explore your local city or town
- Go to the movies
- Take a nature hike
- Go swimming
- Play flag football
- Visit the zoo
- Take a drive with no planned destination
- Visit a museum
There are so many fun, creative things you can do as a family. Enjoy your American Family Day celebration this Sunday on August 6th 2017. And if it isn’t already, we hope quality family time becomes part of your daily routine.