When is Father's Day 2017?

The history of Father's Day

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When is Father’s Day 2017?  On this page, we bring you a short Father’s Day history lesson, recipes, and great quotes!

Father’s Day 2017

Father’s Day is always celebrated on the third Sunday in June.

Year Father’s Day
2017 Sunday, June 18
2018 Sunday, June 17
2019 Sunday, June 16

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 chose 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.

Read more about the history of Father’s Day.

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Father’s Day Recipes

Show your dad you care by preparing a wonderful meal in his honor (or memory).

Dad’s Chicken and Rice
Daddy’s Meat Loaf
Baked Fish (Dad’s Catch)
Braised Pork Chops
Island Beef Teriyaki
Old-Fashioned Green Beans
Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Click here for our 10+ “Gotta Have” grilling recipes!

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 of growing up with dad? We’d love to hear them!

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The Greatest Man ever is the FATHER of a Son!

Whenever I see how hard my FATHER tries and make LIFE easy for Me, I sit, watch HIM closely and say to Myself, truly it is easy to be a Man, but it takes much dedication and courage to be a FATHER!!

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My father was a quiet,

My father was a quiet, softspoken man. taught more by example than by words...He will always be in my thought, & in my heart. To me, he is a hero; having served in Vietnam as a soldier in Asia...When I said my eulogy at his funeral, I ended it with the lasting words of the famous actor, comedian-entertainer, Bob Hope;" thanks for the memories"... We will miss you Dad.

My father is still alive and

My father is still alive and I can only say that he always believes in his children and family and shown unconditional love. That's all I could ask and I strive to do the same.

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