National Neighbor Day
National Neighbor Day is a holiday that’s observed on the last Sunday in March. It’s a day that shouldn’t be confused with National Good Neighbor Day — a holiday that’s observed in September, although the two holidays do have a lot in common. The real difference between the two days is that the latter holiday encourages people to be better neighbors and the former holiday has a little more nuance to it.
It’s a holiday during which some people bury the hatchet with neighbors they’ve been arguing with, it’s a day for people to become better neighbors, and it’s a day to be thankful for the neighbors that currently surround them.
The History Of National Neighbor Day
Unfortunately, National Neighbor Day is a holiday that doesn’t have a clear lineage for us to trace. It just seems to have appeared a few years ago on the Internet without any sort of explanation as to why it was created and without anyone taking credit for creating it.
We’ll continue to try to plumb the depths of the holiday, but until we find some definitive answers, we’ll have to say that the origins of this holiday are a mystery. Perhaps it is related to Good Neighbor Day, a holiday created by Beck Mattson of Lakeside, Montana in the early 1970s.
Some Quick Facts About Neighbors In The U.S
Okay, you didn’t think that we’d wander off without talking about some of the facts that we’ve learned during our research about this holiday, did you? We just can’t resist spending a few moments to lay down the facts we’ve learned on this subject. So let’s get down to brass tacks and look at the following points before moving on to the next section of this holiday article.
- Only 26% of Americans say that they know most of their neighbors.
- Approximately 57% of Americans say that they know some of their neighbors.
- Unmarried Americans are less likely to know their neighbors than married ones.
- Americans who live in rural areas are more likely to know all or most of their neighbors than Americans who live in urban areas.
Observing National Neighbor Day
As we said in our introductory paragraph, there are a number of ways to observe this holiday. People can use this day to quash any bad blood they might have with their neighbors and to move towards a more friendly relationship with them, or they can be thankful that they do have good neighbors who will look out for their property if something should happen.
It’s also a good day for a person to introduce themselves to their neighbors. People can also spread the word about this holiday using the hashtag #NationalNeighborDay on social media.