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Won't you be my neighbor?

Posted by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 9:56 AM
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 Do you get along with your neighbors?

National Good Neighbor Day

When : Always September 28, previously the Fourth Sunday in September

Ah, Good Neighbor Day. It's definitely a good thing. Being good neighbors is an important part of the social fiber that makes this country so great. Therefore,  it seems only fitting that one day a year honors good neighbors.

This day of recognition is not to be confused with other forms of "Good Neighbor Days". Stores proclaim "Good Neighbor Days" to promote sales, a wide range of organizations announce "Good Neighbor Days" to promote their cause, and local municipalities and governments proclaim "Good Neighbor Days" for a variety of reasons.

Rather, this day is to truly recognize and appreciate your good neighbor. Hopefully, one of those good neighbors is you!


History:

In the early 1970's, Mrs. Becky Mattson from Lakeside, Montana recognized the importance of good neighbors, and started the effort to make this a National day. With the help of congressman Mike Mansfield, she succeed in getting three presidents (Nixon, Ford, and Carter)  to issue proclamations, along with numerous governors. 

In 2003, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution, sponsored by Montana Senator Max Baucus, making September 28, National Good Neighbor Day. Previously, this day was celebrated on the fourth Sunday of September.

 Note: Rhode Island initiated a  movement to pass a National Neighbor Day on the Sunday before Memorial Day. Action never materialized into a formal national proclamation or law.


How to Celebrate:

Here are some suggestions for celebrating the day:

  • Help your neighbors in some way.
  • Offer a smile and friendly hello to your neighbor
  • Have your neighbor over for a meal
  • Hold a block party
  • Get to know your neighbor a little better

by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 9:56 AM
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Mel30248
by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 10:15 AM

Never heard of this day lol I do get along with my neighbors though. We live in a little cluster of houses & we all have kids. Everyone plays in one anothers yard (well the kids almost always end up in my yard!), we have bon fires next door sometimes, parties down the street, etc. Right now my neighbors & I & the town are planning a Halloween Celebration, its great I love it. So I have to go talk to my neighbor today to ask a few questions haha But yes I do like my neighbors they are all very nice (although I dont always agree with some of them) but nice all the same (mostly!).

ChaoticAtBest
by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 10:16 AM

um, They are there?..lol We don't talk much to our neighbors. We live out in the country and it's an area where we all kinda stick to ourselves and talk only once in a while.  Works for us.

casah4
by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 2:48 PM

 I get along ok with my neighbors. We're not buddy, buddy, but we get along.

SabrinaLC
by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 4:23 PM

I've never heard of Good Neighbor Day but...

I definitely have Good Neighbors!  At least so far, we just met.

annaica
by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 4:56 PM

 If they need me, I'm here but I'm not about to go bring them cookies or anything... lol

rhodaj
by rho on Sep. 28, 2010 at 7:02 PM

 I wave at my neighbors when I see them but that is about it.  I don't visit them and I don't visit them and I like it that way

Xantho
by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 10:11 PM

Our neighbor is on my hubby's poo list because of her we had to get rid of his dog because he damaged her fence and she whinned to our landlord.

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