I received an email this week from a dad who wanted to know whether National Single Parents' Day is March 21 or the third Sunday in March (which would make it March 17 this year).
It's an excellent question -- and one with a confusing answer. The first Single Parents' Day -- March 21, 1984 -- was the brainchild of a divorced mom named Janice Moglen. That same year, Congress passed House Joint Resolution 200 (Public Law 98-240) which designated March 21 as "National Single Parent Day." President Ronald Reagan also issued Proclamation 5166 declaring it a national holiday.
Since then, individual states -- starting with Colorado in 1993 -- have acknowledged March 21 as National Single Parents' Day. But it's not an event that's officially recognized in every state, nor is a presidential proclamation issued each year, which tells us that we still have a long way to go in recognizing the work of single moms and dads all across the U.S.
In addition, there have been some smaller groups -- such as the Facebook group "National Single Parents Day" -- that have more recently publicized the third Sunday of March as National Single Parents' Day, which makes sense because Mother's Day and Father's Day are both on Sundays. (Hence, the confusion over which day is really Single Parents' Day. . .)
Share your thoughts. Which day do you think of as National Single Parents' Day? And do you do anything special to celebrate? Share your thought and experiences with our readers by leaving a comment below.
Photo © OJO Images/Paul Bradbury and Getty Images