September 28 is National Good Neighbors Day. This day is one where you can acknowledge your neighbors and get to know those around you. If you were lucky enough to live in a place where neighbors would keep an eye on things while you were on vacation, or where they sit outside and exchange stories on the porch, we’re glad. But not all of you have been so lucky, so Good Neighbors Day got its start to highlight why it’s good to make friends with your neighbors.
The holiday started in the 1970s, when Betty Matthews wanted some way to acknowledge the importance of neighbors. Aided by congressman Mike Mansfield, she persuaded Presidents Nixon, Ford and Carter to make proclamations on the subject. Various state governors took part, as well.
It took until 2003 for Congress to issue a resolution making September 28th National Good Neighbors Day. The bill was sponsored by Max Baucus, from Mrs. Matthews’ home state of Montana.
There are all sorts of ways you can take part in Good Neighbors Day. It can be as simple as baking a cake to offering a friendly smile and some conversation. Ask what you can do to help. Of course, you need to build on the relationship throughout the year, so thinking about it two days from now is just the beginning.
You can invite your neighbor over for a meal or informal barbecue; you can hold a block party so everyone gets to know one another. And if there’s someone in particular that has been helpful and kind, you can send them flowers as a thank-you. (DaFlores does same-day delivery if you order quickly enough.)
Will you or your neighborhood be celebrating Good Neighbors Day this year? What are your plans? We’d love to hear about them in the comments, below.