Father's Day 2021

Celebrate Father's Day 2021 with Summer Activities, Recipes, and More!

May 24, 2021
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Father’s Day is Sunday, June 20, 2021! Ever wondered how Father’s Day came to be? It’s more than a Hallmark holiday. Father’s Day was first celebrated after the worst mining accident in U.S. history. Learn all about Father’s Day—including fun ideas, quotes, and recipes to celebrate the role of fathers in our lives.

Why We Celebrate Father’s Day

Father’s Day celebrates and honors the men who have embraced the essential role of fatherhood. On this day, we also thank fathers and father figures for the sacrifies they make, for embracing the responsibility of nurturing and raising children, and for devotion to their family. 

When Is Father’s Day 2021?

In 2021, Father’s Day will be celebrated on Sunday, June 20. This happens to be the same day as the summer solstice (June 20 at 11:32 P.M. Eastern Time), which makes it the perfect time to kick-off the summer season with a father-focused barbecue, camping trip, beach day, or other outdoor activity!

Father’s Day is celebrated annually on the third Sunday in June in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, India, and a number of other countries around the world.

Father’s Day Dates

Year Father’s Day
2021 Sunday, June 20
2022 Sunday, June 19
2023 Sunday, June 18
2024 Sunday, June 16

Many countries celebrate this holiday at other times of the year. In Australia, for example, Father’s Day is held on the first Sunday of September; in Norway, Sweden, and Finland, on the second Sunday in November; and in some Catholic countries, on March 19 (St. Joseph’s Day).

Father’s Day Activities

If you’re looking for something summery to do on Father’s Day weekend, try out one (or more) of our ideas below… including fishing and grilling!

(Stay up to date on the weekend weather with our 5-day forecasts or look further into the future with our long-range weather predictions.)

Gone Fishing?

Maybe you want to go fishing for Father’s Day? Coincidentally, Father’s Day falls under our “Best Days for Fishing” this year!

If you’re fishing on the coast, don’t forget to check the tides before heading out!

Father and daughter fishing on coast

Camp Under the Stars

Of course, camping is another great summertime activity to do with dad—and it goes well with fishing!

This year, Father’s Day happens to be the same day as the summer solstice, meaning that it will be the longest day of the year, as far as daylight hours go. While this may cut into your stargazing time, it will make for a special day nonetheless.

Grill Up Some Grub

With summer’s official arrival, there’s no excuse not to grill! Check out this list of our favorite grilling recipes for inspiration.

Who “Invented” Father’s Day?

Like Mother’s Day, the modern American version of Father’s Day has a history that goes well beyond greeting cards.

The first known Father’s Day service occurred in Fairmont, West Virginia, on July 5, 1908, after hundreds of men died in the worst mining accident in U.S. history. The Sunday service happened because of the efforts of Grace Golden Clayton, the daughter of a dedicated reverend.

While missing her own dad, who had died in 1896, Mrs. Clayton wanted to honor the many fathers who had died in the mining explosion, which killed more than 360 men and boys, and left about 1,000 children fatherless. Although the Fairmont service was the first known to honor fathers, it did not turn into an annual event, nor was the idea promoted (a large July 4 celebration in Fairmont and a tragic young death from typhoid fever took over the news at the time).

Mrs. Sonora Smart Dodd. The mother of Father’s Day was raised by a single dad. Credit: Visit Spokane

Father’s Day Gains Momentum

Several other people across the nation had similar ideas throughout the years, but Mrs. Sonora Smart Dodd is credited for being the one to popularize it, starting events that led to Father’s Day becoming a U.S. national holiday.

Her story began as she sat listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909. Mrs. Dodd thought that it might be nice to honor fathers as well. Her father, William Smart, had raised his SIX children alone on his farm in Washington after his wife died giving birth.

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 in Spokane, Washington, was observed on June 19, 1910 (the third Sunday in June), and became an annual event there. Soon, other towns had their own celebrations.

From Local Celebration to National Holiday

In spite of widespread support, Father’s Day did not become a permanent national holiday for many years. The first bill was introduced in Congress in 1913, but in spite of encouragement by President Woodrow Wilson, it did not pass. In 1966, Lyndon Johnson issued a proclamation designating the third Sunday in June to honor fathers.

Finally, in 1972, President Richard Nixon signed a law declaring that Father’s Day be celebrated annually on the third Sunday in June. It has been an official, permanent national holiday ever since.

Why did it take so long for Father’s Day to pass into law (unlike Mother’s Day which was quickly embraced)? Read the full history of Father’s Day.

Top 10 Father’s Day Recipes for Dad

We’ve collected our very best recipes for dad! Steak sandwiches? Stuffing-breaded pork chops? Our deliciously satisfying recipes will make dad one very happy customer!

Baja Fish Tacos
Cool, tangy cabbage slaw cozies up to crispy fish in these tasty Baja Fish Tacos. They are easy to make and delicious to eat! A good use for a fresh catch, perhaps?

fish tacos
Photo Credit: Sam Jones/Quinn Brein

Country-Style Root Beer–Glazed Ribs
These ribs are absolutely juicy, mouthwatering, tender and melt-in-your-mouth.

Photo Credit: Cappi Thompson/shutterstock

Bourbon and Brown Sugar–Glazed Salmon
This flavorful salmon recipe is a winner. The marinade adds a lovely flavor without taking away from the salmon.

Photo Credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Stuffing-Breaded Pork Chops
Thanks to the breading, the pork comes out crispy on the outside and deliciously juicy on the inside. 

Photo Credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Chicken Wings With Sesame and Ginger
These wings, fully flavored with sesame and ginger, are good cold, too—and great in a picnic basket.

Photo Credit: Coffeemill/shutterstock

Maple BBQ Ribs
Liven up your next barbecue with these ribs!


Grilled Flank Steak with Rosemary and Thyme
This is our go-to flank steak recipe—so mouthwatering and easy to prepare! We like to pair the steak with grilled asparagus—and a garlic smashed potato or Mediterranean pilaf recipe.

Photo Credit: hlphoto/shutterstock

Super Summer Sliders
These amazing gourmet burgers will have your mouth watering with delicious toppings, including applewood bacon. This is an upscale burger recipe for a special feast!

Photo Credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Super Steak Sandwich
Serve this satisfying steak sandwich with a fresh green salad. Great for Father’s Day or any summer supper!

    Photo Credit: Colleen Quinnell

    Find more great recipes for the grill—from steaks to kabobs!

    Almanac Reader Recipes
    Here are some of our best recipes “made by dad” (or granddad)—and submitted by Almanac readers!

    Father’s Day Poems & Quotes

    Need something to put in that Father’s Day card? Here’s a selection of some of our favorite poems and quotes about what being a father means.

    Only a dad, but he gives his all
    To smooth the way for his children small, 
    Doing, with courage stern and grim, 
    The deeds that his father did for him. 
    This is the line that for him I pen, 
    Only a dad, but the best of men.

    –Edgar Guest (1881–1959)

    My father moved through theys of we,
    singing each new leaf out of each tree
    (and every child was sure that spring
    danced when she heard my father sing).

    E.E. Cummings (1894–1962)

    “A father’s a treasure, a brother’s a comfort, a friend is both.”
    –Benjamin Franklin, American statesman (1706-90)

    “My father 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

    “I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.”
    –Umberto Eco, Italian novelist (1932-2016)

    “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., American politician (1911–93)

    “A father is someone you look up to no matter how tall you grow.”

    A boy and his dad on a fishing-trip—
    Builders of life’s companionship!
    Oh, I envy them, as I see them there
    Under the sky in the open air,
    For out of the old, old long-ago
    Come the summer days that I used to know,
    When I learned life’s truths from my father’s lips
    As I shared the joy of his fishing-trips.

    –Edgar Guest (1881–1959)

    –attributed to Mark Twain, American writer (1835–1910) 

    Share Your Thoughts

    Do you have any great quotes about fathers? Or, some favorite memories of growing up with dad? We’d love to hear them in the comments below!


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    On Father’s Day

    Father’s Day was celebrated alone and wondering why so. He wasn’t here but he was alive somewhere. Did it make any difference maybe to others, but my dad to me was the best thing that ever happened, cause I wouldn’t be here you see. From him I learn to love more I learn to forgive more I learn to love mom more. Dad gave my mom and I each other you see. Thank God for Father’s Day the first Father’s Day was the birth of Me September 11 1955 my father I learned Trinidad Duarte will always be. With all I‘be learn was I couldn’t wait to fill my father’s shoe and be the Best Father to my children who I given their Mother. So Father’s Day come on different days of the year. I’m proud to celebrate the birthday’s of my four children as the day I became their Father and my child and I were blessed because I never forget when I said to their mother
    “I DO“ next’s week I’ll be saying HAPPY BIRTHDAY FATHER’S DAY DAD AND HEARING IT TO.

    On Father’s Day

    Father’s Day was celebrated alone and wondering why so. He wasn’t here but he was alive somewhere. Did it make any difference maybe to others, but my dad to me was the best thing that ever happened, cause I wouldn’t be here you see. From him I learn to love more I learn to forgive more I learn to love mom more. Dad gave my mom and I each other you see. Thank God for Father’s Day the first Father’s Day was the birth of Me September 11 1955 my father I learned Trinidad Duarte will always be. With all I‘be learn was I couldn’t wait to fill my father’s shoe and be the Best Father to my children who I given their Mother. So Father’s Day come on different days of the year. I’m proud to celebrate the birthday’s of my four children as the day I became their Father and my child and I were blessed because I never forget when I said to their mother
    “I DO“ next’s week I’ll be saying HAPPY BIRTHDAY FATHER’S DAY DAD AND HEARING IT TO.

    Unconditional Love

    Fathers are backbone of family and they do unconditional love. Fathers day is a special day when we can do something for them to make them feel special. So this year, I am giving my father a popcorn gift basket by Thatchers gourmet Popcorn.

    Fathers are Invaluable

    By faithfully keep their world turning every day, a father provides his family with the “gravity” that creates security and balance.

    Thoughts of Fatherhood

    I am blessed to be both a father and a son. As a father I am proud of my kids and as a son I am happy that someone it proud of me.

    Dad bigger than mountains

    My father tells a story about the first time we drove through the Appalachian mountains when I was about 6 years old. We lived in south Florida and were driving up to Michigan for the holidays. When I saw the mountains for the first time in my life I got excited and said, "Daddy! Daddy! Look at those mountains! They're almost as big as you!".
    I'm a 42 year old woman now and my father is 72. He will always be bigger than those mountains.

    Unconditional love

    My father taught me without the spoken words, made me good boy without stick or threaten, it was because of his unconditional love

    Poem written for our Dad


    In memory of our Dad, Charles Floyd Young
    by Sara Stroud
    This poem was written many years ago by my sister, Sara. She said she got the idea when a neighbor lady, said she could see our Dad's head towering way above his 6 foot fence when he was working in his yard. He loved working in the yard

    He loved the Old Farmer's Almanac, so it would be a fitting tribute to him for Sara's poem to be printed on this website to honor him on this Father's Day, 2018...

    Finally found the poem. Love

    Finally found the poem. Love it.

    Daddy's Girl

    When I cried, he cried with me,
    When I was doubtful, he believed in me,
    When I did well, he cheered me on,
    When I messed up, he told me I was wrong,
    Every now and then, when I went against his will,
    He punished me, but he praised me still,
    He taught me how to forgive, even when I was right,
    He never like war, he was never one to fight,
    I’ll always be a daddy’s girl,
    I have the best daddy in the whole wide world.

    Your poem, Daddy's Girl

    There is no bigger blessing than to be a "Daddy's Girl". Thanks for sharing this memory and poem of your Daddy...

    Love of Father

    When I was just 7 yrs old, my father told me "be truthful and it will set you free"
    As a responsible father, he was the guide and director of my journey.... He help me in everything and today what I am today is all because of his unconditional love and care....

    Fathers Day

    My father is 64 years old. I am 38 now. I fear to my father in my childhood and keep little distance and agree his words.. now also I keep distance and accept his words and give same respect to him bcz he should not feel that I have grown or he became aged.. Happy father.

    I want to express my feeling about my father

    my papa(I use to say my father) is only of 39 and me 18.when we go out anywhere, people have confusion about our father-son relation nd they generally let us as brothers. the story of my fathers struggle often fill my eyes and ofcource of anyone else....I m lucky that i was also a part of that.what he has done and properly doing for me, i can't xplain it. I only pray to god to provide me my fathers love throughout my life...i can;t say more bcoz i m getting emotional...

    Father day

    My father is 54 yrs old and he love me so much, he always had time for me, he is my hero, he never leave me alone and never hurt me.
    He always like to give all the things he had,
    God bless him

    Thank you

    Happy father day

    WWI Daddy

    My Daddy was 61 years young when I was born. Some of my favorite memories are about the great times we had. I loved his barber shop with the big glass windows. I loved the garden that he always grew.....one big enough that almost all vegetables were grown. I will never forget the lessons of faith I learned when we were fishing together. It's kind of odd but I am older than he was when he had me now. Still, after all this time, I still miss and love Daddy. He was an exceptional person. His folks were German Baptists ie "Dunkards" and didn't believe in war. When Daddy was drafted in WWI, he had to decide whether to serve his country or become a CO. Being a CO in WWI days wasn't so easy......You would never have survived if you'd run and hid in Canada. Daddy chose to serve his country. That has made ALL the difference. I became a Nurse and served the Veterans at a VA hospital as my last nursing job. I miss the days from when I sit on Daddy's lap and he sang me songs like "Red Wing" and "My Darling Nellie Grey" so many more......From the ages, I can say, the love of a Father NEVER leaves us.

    Love your dad

    Dad l even didn't know how u are good,how u are handsome,Genius,brilliant and you are the superman. I disobeying him any of his word but my father pray in the secret of his heart for my life where l to go to be a good men.every father's always thinking about your life. thank you dad you're my superman my everything..................love your dad...... .Amen

    Real Father

    My Dad Was A Real Father. Even when Me. N. Mom. Couldn't. C Eye to Eye. I Went to Him For Backup He Never Put. Her Down He just Said !!!' U Will Grown N Gone. To Start your. Own Family. He did not Give Me The Answer. I Wanted. To Hear.! !! But Guess What. He was Right I Miss Them Both. Rest n Peace. Mom n Dad. Love. Always

    Fathers day

    A real father is not just a father ,but a big brother and if you listen and watch .not talk you will also be a real father


    My dad... He has been there through thick and thin for me. At times we bump heads, really because we are so much alike, and yet distinctly different at times. We have always been close, no matter how much distance is between us on the map. I'm an only child, although my dad says it felt like he had three to four children! Dad, I want you to know that I cherish all the times we have had together... and that I look forward to the many yet to come. Thank God we have each other...'Dad & the Peanut' always♡

    Three Stories of My Cheap Dad with the heart of Gold

    The one and only time my family and I went on vacation, we BEGGED our dad for a souvenir. He said, "Why? You were just there."

    My brother and sisters and I had ALWAYS wanted to get ice cream from the "ice cream man" like all our friends did in the summertime, but my dad could "squeeze a penny until the indian rode the buffalo" as the saying goes. So he wouldn't have to part with his penny (actually, it was a nickel then, he told us that, "when we hear the music playing, it means he ran out of ice cream." (And we believed him, because he was Dad).

    When we were in high school, my brother's friends TP'd our house one Easter and they used so much toilet paper (we had ten trees in our front yard), that it looked like it snowed. My dad being our dad, made us take it all down and save it. When my mom went to the bathroom and went for the toilet paper, there was a snail inside. And yet, they remained married for over 55 years. When we asked dad how they stayed married all these years he said, "Because no one else wants us."

    But yet when our social worker dad spent all day EVERY day dealing with other people's problems, he always came home in a cheerful mood, and we always ran to the door to hug and kiss him, the minute we heard his key in the lock...up until we moved to college. Why? Because our dad was always ALWAYS there for us no matter what and he never ever said, "Don't bother me now, I'm busy." He always listened, had such funny, excellent advice and was always ready with a kiss, a hug, to hold us, our hand and wipe away our tears. And even though we never had money, we never lacked for anything, because what we lacked in stuff, they made up in love, creativity, humor and example. I lost my dearest daddy, just this year, and I miss him more than words can ever say. I can't imagine my life without him in it, but I got to spend 50 years with him, and for that, I am truly grateful.

    Father's day quotes

    Take oath on this"Father's Day" not to push your Father "Further away" every day !!

    A Fathers Love Letter

    When I was ... Four years old: My daddy can do anything. Five years old: My daddy knows a whole lot. Six years old: My dad is smarter than your dad. Eight years old: My dad doesn't know exactly everything. Ten years old: In the olden days, when my dad grew up, things were sure different. Fourteen years old: Don't pay any attention to my dad. He is so old-fashioned. Twelve years old: Oh, well, naturally, Dad doesn't know anything about that. He is too old to remember his childhood. Twenty-one years old: Him? My Lord, he's hopelessly out of date. Twenty-five years old: Dad knows about it, but then he should, because he has been around so long. Thirty years old: Maybe we should ask Dad what he thinks. After all, he's had a lot of experience. Thirty-five years old: I'm not doing a single thing until I talk to Dad. Forty years old: I wonder how Dad will handle it. He is so wise. Fifty years old: I'd give anything if Dad were here now so I could talk this over with him. Now my dad is gone, but his memory lives on in the values of life he taught me.


    I miss my dad very much. He was a tower of courage and pillar of strength. His persona is one of the greatest ive ever come across. I am a part of him but he will never be a part of me. Memory buds remain and keep blooming into flowers often. Bye dad, only for a short while.

    A nice article

    Fathers day one of the best time to show our gratitude and thanks. My father is always special. He was very strict person in fact but i came to know how much he love us(me and my brother) on the day when i met with an accident. I was crying because of the pain and i saw my father also crying. I couldn't sleep for two day because i got hurt to my back and my father also never use to sleep.
    I love you dad

    Dad at 99 (almost)

    The most influential person in my life has been my father. Mom was a close second. Dad and I have had a special relationship through sharing interests, ideas and work. A WWII vet, father of 3 and a business owner, he has led a clean and admirable life, one to emulate and honor. Today he is bed-ridden at home under Hospice care that my sister and I are providing. We are hoping he will make it to his 99th birthday in a few weeks but will be grateful for each moment we have with him.


    Kris, I am a Hospice Nurse. What an honor to work supporting patients ando their families. Happy Father's day for your dad and Congratulations to you and your siblings for such an admirable father.

    Thank you

    Bless you for the work you do. We had an unfortunate experience when my mother was in Hospice care but the group that has helped organize Dad's care has been wonderful. I know nursing is a tough profession in general but to work with those in Hospice must be extremely trying knowing the outcome is pretty much decided. Thanks for the comments. May you continue in your work with a light heart.


    How nice it is to think that I have a father and a mother still alive and kicking these days at ages 81 and 76 years old, respectively. I thank God for all these blessings. Now I am also a father to my only daughter whose mother left us in 2007 because of ailment she wasn't able to survive. I've taken the role of both a father and a mother to my child since then. I could not pretend myself to get envious whenever I see complete families together in whatever occasion whether it be in school, in the malls, or in the church. My father is not perfect but he tried to raise all his children with unconditional love and care felt by us in his own little ways - the same unconditional love and care I've shown to my daughter. So we celebrate Father's Day every third Sunday of every year, and I would like to also suggest that there must be a special day in recognition to all single parents like me. Happy Father's Day, Papa Tikyo.

    My Father

    I never knew the love of a Father, I as a child wanted to just once be called Son , it never happened, I have no conception as to how a father could abandon his Child.
    As of now I have been a Father to my own Son for 29 years , there is still not a day that goes by , that I don't give my Son a hug , and tell him that I love him , I became the Father that I wished I could of Had , I have forgiven my own Father , it would of been nice if he could of meet his Grandson, I will never know . What's nice is that my Son will never have to write a letter like this .