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10 reasons to love September

Outdoor activities, recreation, high school and college sports, fall festivals and more are waiting for you in September
Outdoor activities, recreation, high school and college sports, fall festivals and more are waiting for you in September
Sandy Wallace

As August comes to an end, the month of September stretches ahead with many opportunities for families to enjoy spending time together. September offers a last blast of summer weather before cooler temperatures arrive.

September is a great month to spend time outdoors with your family
Sandy Wallace

You'll find special days at as well as weekly and monthly observances for the month of September. We observe Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September. During the month, try to help a local family whose child is fighting cancer. You can also donate to many organizations which offer help to children with cancer.

September is also Baby Safety Month, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Awareness Month, College Savings Month, National Child Awareness Month and National Preparedness Month.

There's always a reason to celebrate each day, whether or not the day has a special focus. Spending time together as a family is the greatest gift of all. Here are 10 special days and weekly observances to enjoy with your family this month.

National Nutrition Week is observed Sept. 1-7. Let your kids shop with you and help plan healthy meals and snacks for the family during the week and try to carry your good habits forward.

The long Labor Day weekend begins Aug. 30 this year. Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday in September. Some families head to the beach or lake for a last blast summer adventure. Other families stay at home and enjoy a cookout or a picnic. However you celebrate Labor Day, many parents and students will enjoy an extra day off work or school.

National Grandparents Day is the first Sunday in September. This year's observance is Sept. 7. Invite your child's grandparents over for dinner or out for ice cream. If they live far away, plan a phone call or Skype together.

September is filled with lots of fall festivals. Many fall festivals offer free admission and family-friendly activities. Check your city or state's tourism website to find fall festivals in your area.

College, high school and recreation sports pick up again in September. If your child plays a sport, be a supportive parent. If your child doesn't play sports, plan to attend a local high school or college game or event and cheer for the home team.

9/11 will always be associated with destruction and death in the hearts and minds of Americans. The Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks changed how many Americans see the world. However, the memory of those lost and our American spirit live on each year on Patriot Day, a day of service to help others. Find a way to help those in need in your community on Patriot Day.

September is a great month to enjoy the great outdoors, wherever you live. Take a hike in the mountains or woods, go canoeing on a lake or river, enjoy a drive on a scenic road, go camping at a state or national park or enjoy a picnic lunch at a local park.

Video Games Day is celebrated Sept. 12. Spend an evening playing video games together. Let your kids teach you a few tricks and tips and you may beat them at their favorite game.

National Stepfamily Day is celebrated Sept. 16. One in three Americans live in a stepfamily and more than half of all Americans will live in a stepfamily at some point in their lives.

The first day of fall is Sept. 23. As the leaves change color, the temperatures drop. For many people, September is the perfect month. It's not too hot and not too cold. Plan a leaf peeping outing with your family during September.

Get out your fall decorations and say good-bye to summer during the month of September. Add fall festivals, outdoor fun, patriotic celebrations and high school or college games to your calendar as you celebrate September with your family.

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