Originally started in the state of Arizona, American Family day was founded in 1977, beginning as a one-day proclamation pushed through legislation by Arizona resident, John Makkai. The proclamation was signed by Governor Raul Castro for the first year. The following year, in 1978, the proclamation was signed into Arizona law by the new governor, Bruce Babbitt, where it has remained ever since.

In addition to Arizona, the states of North Carolina and Georgia also participate in American Family Day.

The idea for the day is a simple one: spend time with family members and appreciate them. American Family Day is not meant to be about buying gifts–in fact people are discouraged from showing affection this way. Instead, it’s about being together, showing affection and encouraging one another with quality time.

​According to nationaltoday.com. Source of photo: internet