When is Father's Day 2017?

The history of Father's Day

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When is Father’s Day 2017?  Did you know that this holiday traces its roots to 1908 and 1910? Enjoy a short Father’s Day history lesson, Father’s Day 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 history that goes beyond greeting cards.

The first known Father’s Day service occurred at the Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South in Fairmont, West Virginia, on July 5, 1908, thanks to the efforts of Grace Golden Clayton. Mrs. Clayton had asked her pastor, Dr. R. Thomas Webb, if a Sunday service could be held to honor fathers. While missing her own dad, who had died in 1896, she especially wanted to have a service in remembrance of the over 200 fathers who had died in the Monongah mining explosion that had occurred a few miles south of Fairmont on December 6 of the previous year. (It was the worst mining disaster in U.S. history, killing more than 360 men and boys, and leaving 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 having taken over the news at the time).

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 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 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.

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

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

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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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Daddy g.:-)

He gave us kids to drink his every single drop of blood.

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

I LOVE MY DADDY SO MUCH

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.

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.

Dad

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.

Respectfully

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.

ON FATHER'S DAY

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 .

The father i needed and should be

I too no father around growing up. I had a few stand-ins, but none to give the comfort, security, support, and love that I feel every child should have. I grew up always wondering in the back of my mind why he didn't want to be there for me, and I struggled with that thought like no child should have to. I believe I still do sometimes. Now I have 2 sons of my own and all I want is for them to feel and experience the things I never had, and I tryso hard to be the father I always wanted. IM separated from there mother and that does make it tough, but being a good father isn't supposed to be easy. They know I'mthere for them no matter what. So this goes to the dads who try no matter what to be the ffather their kids need. Happy fathers day!

My Dad

I lost my dad on December 2nd 1992 not a ssingle day has passed that I dont think about him and how much I loved him and how much I wish he was still here it has been 23yrs yet it feels like yesterday I Love You Daddy Happy Father's Day and RIP

Father's Day

If you had a fine father, consider yourself lucky, my father would beat me up mentally, hurt my soul through & through, he was self absorbed, yet a brilliant man who could be my friend one minute, & my worst nightmare the next. (Mom was no help either, she beat me physically.)
Instead I'd chose Roger Puckett's father John Puckett Sr. that fine country gentleman was a kind & gentle man who actually cared about me, for that, I am thankful.

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!!

James Washington Brannen Jr.

i lost my my father on December the 5th, 1965. i am now 65 years old and that remains the single worst day of my life. i was blessed to have him 13 years and in another sense, i am doubly blessed to have avoided any other calamities of that level. i've lost friends and relatives to suicide, cancer, accidents, and old age. i watched the space shuttle explode and the Twin Towers collapse but nothing has ever touched the depth of that loss on that cold Sunday morning when i was 13.

Father's Day

very nice post. I instead lost my Dad in 2014 and mother was gone much earlier in life very young at age 58 in 1991. They were part of my life. Up until today, when I see their pictures I cannot stop crying and asking GOD why they are no longer with me. He knows why and I have to accept the fact that they are gone but to a better place called Heaven.

Fathers Day

Nice post...

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.

what i want to do with my(our) daughter on Fathers Day

My wish is to have the same feeling as when i held that wee hand at 1 hr old, the beautiful wee fingers and tiny nails so pure and gentle soft and such a loving and sharing feeling. i will walk and talk with her now over 50 years of age and still i see the beauty and memories of time gone in her eyes, personality and kindness. I(we) have been blessed in many ways but mostly with a daughter such as Lesie. The time we will enjoy each others company is slowly shortening, but we will have the memories to carry us on, for me now and Leslie in her future. I give all my celibrations of FathersDay to the birth of my daughter and the love i had for her Mother. Its was fun and still is after 52 years. Bob Martin, Leslie's Daddy and protector always.