Today is National Parents' Day

Today, July 27, is the 20th annual National Parents' Day — a day to honor parenthood and show appreciation for family.

Each year, the United States celebrates Mother's Day on the second Sunday of May and Father's Day on the third Sunday of June, but the less well-known Parents' Day, on the fourth Sunday of July, honors all parents.

In 1994, President Bill Clinton established National Parent's Day with congressional resolution 36 U.S. Code § 135, which was passed unanimously by the U.S. Congress.

The resolution encourages citizens, organizations and federal, state and local governmental and legislative entities "to recognize Parents' Day through proclamations, activities and educational efforts in furtherance of recognizing, uplifting and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of their children."

The establishment of Parents' Day, according to the National Parents' Day Council, was the result of "a bipartisan, multiracial and interfaith coalition of religious, civic and elected leaders who recognized the need to promote responsible parenting in our society and to uplift ideal parental role models."

The National Parents' Day Council promotes the celebration of Parents' Day with educational programs that stress parental commitment and responsibility and by encouraging all levels of government, community groups and faith organizations to participate in Parents' Day.