When is Father's Day? On this page, we bring you a short Father's Day history, recipes, and great quotes!
Father's Day Dates
Father's Day is always celebrated on the third Sunday in June. In 2015, Father's Day coincides with the Summer Solstice!
|2014||Sunday, June 15|
|2015||Sunday, June 21|
|2016||Sunday, June 19|
Father's Day History
Like Mother's Day, Father's Day has a modern origin. The idea came to Mrs. John Dodd as she sat listening to a Mother's Day sermon in 1909. Her father, William Smart, had raised his SIX children alone on his farm in Washington after his wife died giving birth to their sixth child.
Mrs. Dodd proposed to the Spokane Ministerial Association and the YMCA that they celebrate a "father's day." She choose the 5th of June because it was her father's birthday.
The idea received strong support, but the good ministers of Spokane asked that the day be changed to give them extra time to prepare sermons on the unexplored subject of fathers. The first Father's Day was observed on June 19, 1910, in Spokane, Washington, and soon other towns had their own celebrations.
In spite of widespread support, Father's Day did not become a permanent national holiday until 1972, when President Richard Nixon signed a law declaring that it be celebrated annually on the third Sunday in June.
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Father's Day Recipes
Show your dad you care by preparing a wonderful meal in his honor (or memory).
Father's Day Quotes
"He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it."
–Clarence Budington Kelland, American writer (1881–1964), about his father
"My father will leave me nothing to do."
–A young Alexander the Great, future king of Macedonia (356-323 B.C.)
"A father is a treasure; a brother, a comfort; a friend is both."
–Benjamin Franklin, American statesman (1706-1790)
"His heritage to his children wasn’t words or possessions, but an unspoken treasure, the treasure of his example as a man and a father."
–Will Rogers, Jr. (1879–1935)
“When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”
–Mark Twain (1835–1910)
Do you have any great quotes about fathers? Or, some favorite memories growing up with dad? We'd love to here them!