On May 9, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson issued a presidential proclamation that officially established the first national Mother’s Day holiday to celebrate America’s mothers. The idea for a “Mother’s Day” is credited by some to Julia Ward Howe and by others to Anna Jarvis (a Philadelphian!), who suggested a holiday dedicated to a day of peace. Many individual states celebrated Mother’s Day by 1911, but it was not until Wilson lobbied Congress in 1914 that Mother’s Day was officially set on the second Sunday of every May. In his first Mother’s Day proclamation, Wilson stated that the holiday offered a chance to “[publicly express] our love and reverence for the mothers of our country.”
Mom always deserves our very best, but buying a present for the most special woman in your life isn’t always easy. So we’re making your Mother’s Day planning a little easier! The best part? All of these spots are SEPTA Perks Partners, so you can use your SEPTA Key to save! Check out some of our ideas.
For the Philly sports fanatic, treat your mom to shirts repping her favorite team. Check out Shibe Sports and Philly Phaithful for the whimsical ladies in your life. For the more classic sports fans, find your gifts at the Phillies Majestic Clubhouse, Philadelphia 76ers Online Shop, or the Wells Fargo Center - Team Stores.
If Mom isn’t big on sports, and would rather receive a shopping spree, you’ve got options (and at a discount)! For handmade clothing and accessories, check out XTRA 101 in Ambler. While you’re there, why not take Mom to Wild Lilies Jewelry on Butler Ave for other fashion, jewelry, and accessory options? You’ve got unique and vintage clothing at Polka Dot Parlor in Bristol. If Mama just needs a new pair of shoes, stop by the Philadelphia Shoe Outlet this week and treat her to new kicks!
Is your mother planning to celebrate her day with other women, by walking the 28th Annual Susan G. Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure 5K Run/Walk and 1-mile Fun Walk? Or did she just complete the Broad Street Run last weekend? Either way, if your plan is to treat her to new running shoes, hit up Philadelphia Runner and receive a FREE pair of socks with a purchase over $75 as your SEPTA Perk!
Would Mom rather see some entertainment? Would she rather explore scientific wonders at the Franklin Institute? Or art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, or catch at the Arden? Or maybe a comedy show at Philly Improv Theater? There are so many great SEPTA Perks in Arts and Entertainment… check out the rest!
But if your mom would rather lay low and take it easy, maybe get her a sweet treat from one of our many Perks Partners that specialize in just that!
And if Mom just wants to kick back, relax in the sun, and have a beer at all of the great traveling beer gardens around Philly, let her know that her SEPTA Key gets her $1 off her first drink at any Parks on Tap location! Over Mother’s Day Weekend, the park will be at Campbell Square – have Mom have her happy hour there!
Photo credit: Albert Yee
The possibilities for a wonderful Mother’s Day in Philadelphia are endless, as are the discounts with SEPTA Perks. There are so many more, so be sure to check our Perks page to find the one that will fit your amazing, unique, one-of-a-kind, unforgettable mother.
And make sure Mom doesn’t spend her weekend driving through traffic and fighting for parking – leave that to SEPTA! Let Mom sit back and just enjoy the ride.
Happy Mother’s Day!