American Family Day

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American Family Day
Observed byArizona, United States
DateFirst Sunday in August
2023 dateAugust 6  (2023-08-06)
2024 dateAugust 4  (2024-08-04)
2025 dateAugust 3  (2025-08-03)
2026 dateAugust 2  (2026-08-02)

American Family Day is the 14th state-recognized holiday in Arizona, Title 1-301.[1][2] American Family Day, much like Mother's Day or Father's Day is a non-paid holiday established as a separate day to appreciate family members by spending time with them. Families are discouraged from buying gifts or other material items.

Arizona resident, John Makkai, is credited with pushing the holiday through the Arizona legislation. American Family Day began as a 1-year proclamation, signed by then Governor Raúl Héctor Castro, declaring August 7, 1977 American Family Day. The following year, American Family Day was signed into law as an official Arizona holiday by Governor Bruce Babbitt. The holiday also caught on in several other states, including North Carolina[3] and Georgia.

From the Georgia Department of Education Parent Engagement Program,[4] "American Family Day – this day brings families together to share their love and appreciation of one another."

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  1. ^ "American Family Day website". John Makkai. Archived from the original on 2012-04-25. Retrieved 2011-10-16.
  2. ^ "Arizona Laws". Arizona State Legislature. 2011-07-19. Archived from the original on 2015-05-01. Retrieved 2011-10-16.
  3. ^ "North Carolina General Statutes § 103-7 American Family Day". onecle. 2010-03-28. Retrieved 2011-10-16.
  4. ^ "Georgia Department of Education Parent Engagement Program Important Dates 2011–2012 – Mark your calendars!" (PDF). Georgia Department of Education. 2011-04-29. Retrieved 2011-10-16.[permanent dead link]

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