On September 28, National Good Neighbor Day is celebrated. Mrs. Becky Mattson from Lakeside, Montana came up with the idea of a national holiday recognizing the importance of good neighbors in 1971. In 1978, U.S. President Jimmy Carter announced the creation of a national day aimed at raising public awareness that good neighbors help achieve human understanding and build strong, thriving communities. Since then, National Good Neighbor Day has been acknowledged by various levels of government and is celebrated every year. The holiday was originally celebrated on the fourth Sunday in September, but in 2003 its date was changed to September 28.
It is a blessing to have a good neighbor, but it is even a greater thing to BE a good neighbor. Good neighbors often become friends. They watch out for each other, lend a helping hand and are there for advice when asked. Neighbors offer that cup of sugar when we are short, collect our mail when we are on vacation, watch our homes and sometimes watch our children and our pets. Simply put, being a good neighbor makes good neighbors and develops lifelong friendships.
National Good Neighbor Day is the perfect occasion to honor the people who make significant contributions to creating safer neighborhoods and stronger communities across the United States.
Ways to Celebrate
- Knock on an older neighbor’s door and just say HELLO!
- If you haven’t introduced yourself to neighbors today is your chance.
- Bake some goodies and share them with your neighbors.
- Invite your neighbors to your home for a meal or BBQ.
- Perform random act of kindness for your neighbors.
- Ask a neighbor to join you on a walk around the neighborhood.
- Help an older neighbor with a chore or a ride to an appointment
Maybe your neighbor could use some help with their lawn, or getting their home ready for fall weather. Offer to lend a helping hand by mowing their lawn, raking their leaves, or pitching in with any other kind of clean up they need.
Maybe get the whole neighborhood together for a block party, a barbecue, or a game night. This gives your neighbors a chance to share stories, laughs, and fun, while taking a break from everyday life. If it works well, it could become a regular tradition in the neighborhood!
Good Neighbor Day is an opportunity for all of us to come together and celebrate our neighbors and joys that accompany a sense of community. This year, AARP Foundation invites you to join in the celebration! Share your Good Neighbor Day moment on social media with #GoodNeighborDay2018