National Good Neighbor Day is commemorated on September 28 of every year. Neighbors are an integral part of any human living. Getting a good neighbor is a blessing, and being is a good neighbor is, even more, a greater thing. Being a good neighbor is indeed a more challenging task, and of course, neighbors must handshake for the betterment of living. It is a day to celebrate and acknowledge those good neighbors around you.
“We make our friends; we make our enemies, but God makes our next door neighbor.” – Gilbert K. Chesterton
History of National Good Neighbor Day
National Good Neighbor Day was created by Becky Mattson of Lakeside, Montana in the early 1970s. It was commemorated on the fourth Sunday of every September annually. Following it, President Jimmy Carter on September 22, 1978, had signed the Proclamation 4601 establishing September 24, 1978, as the National Good Neighbor Day. The proclamation stated that the day should be observed with appropriate ceremonies and activities. Later in 2003, the Senate had passed a resolution by Montana Senator Max Baucus to choose September 28 as National Good Neighbor Day.
Becky Mattson had created this day as a way to encourage the neighbors to be good to each other. Neighbors are those who live nearby, usually in a house or in an apartment that is next door or across the same street. Some neighbors soon become friends and lend them help and stand as support during emergency situations. Neighbors if found to be good neighbors then, a day of celebrating these neighbors will be a form of tribute.
Other Celebrations on September 28
September 28 is also celebrated as
How to Celebrate the Day
There are so many simple ways with which you can celebrate the day. You can lend some help from your neighbor to start your friendship. If you have good neighbors, then group them all together for a get-together and show your honor for them. Try to communicate with your neighbor if you haven’t so far spoken to him. Share your celebrations on social media using the hashtag #NationalGoodNeighborDay.
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