Family Holidays

We love them, we fight with them, we celebrate them — family holidays remind us exactly why blood is thicker than water. From knowing the right time to send a care package filled with our favorite snacks and drinks to intentionally pushing our buttons, there’s no one quite like the people we’re related to, and we remind ourselves of that when each of the 14 family holidays come around on the calendar.

Where did family holidays come from?

What came first: Mother's Day or Father's Day? We'll give you a hint, it's exactly what you think. 

In post-Civil War West Virginia, an activist named Ann Reeves Jarvis started "Mother's Work Days" to bring together the mothers of both confederate and union soldiers. Nearly 50 years later in 1908, Jarvis's daughter paid tribute to her mother by turning the day she invented into a national holiday, with 45 states celebrating it in 1909.

By 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed a resolution into law that officially made Mother's Day a national holiday. Concurrently, another woman was trying to start an official Mother's Day equivalent for fathers. In 1910, Washington State celebrated Father's Day for the first time and caught attention in 1916.

After Mother's Day and Father's Day paved the way, children, spouses, and more flocked to create more days to celebrate the ones they love.
It was Mother's Day! In post-Civil War West Virginia, an activist named Ann Reeves Jarvis started "Mother's Work Days" to bring together the mothers of both confederate and union soldiers. Nearly 50 years later in 1908, Jarvis's daughter wanted to pay tribute to her mother by turning the day she invented into a national holiday. It immediately caught on, with 45 states celebrating it in 1909.

By 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed a resolution into law that officially made Mother's Day a national holiday. Concurrently, a tenacious women was trying to start an official Mother's Day equivalent for the fathers we all hold dear. In 1910, she got Washington State to celebrate Father's Day for the first time. But it wasn't until 1916 that it caught national attention.

After Mother's Day and Father's Day paved the way for family celebrations, children, spouses, and more flocked to create their own national days to celebrate the ones they love.

Submit your favorite family holidays

Are we missing a family holiday that you love to celebrate? If so, click the button below and fill us in on the details. Tell us the name of the day and a bit of background. If you've made it up, tell us why people should start celebrating. We're always excited to learn about more days that celebrate our loved ones, so don't be shy. We're happy to hear from you.