Father's Day 2020

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

June 28, 2019
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Orange County Regional History Center

Father’s Day 2020 is Sunday, June 21! This Father’s Day brings: a Full Moon, a great day for fishing, and a visit from the King of Planets, Jupiter. What a night! Find out more about Father’s Day history, 10 amazing recipes for Dad, plus a few great quotes for a Father’s Day card. We’ve got you covered!

When is Father’s Day 2020?

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

Year Father’s Day
2020 Sunday, June 21
2021 Sunday, June 20
2022 Sunday, June 19
2023 Sunday, June 18

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

Looking for something to do on Father’s Day weekend? Try out one (or more) of our ideas below… including fishing and grilling!

Gone Fishing?

Maybe you want to go fishing under the full Moon? Coincidentally, all of Father’s Day weekend falls under our “Best Days for Fishing”.

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

Camp Under the Stars

Of course, camping is another great summertime activity to do with dad—and it goes well with both fishing and a full Moon! Plus, both Saturday and Sunday this weekend are considered Best Days to Go Camping.

Stay up to date on the weather with our 7-day forecasts or look into the future with our long-range weather predictions.

Read more about the Moon and planet pairings in June!

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Father’s Day History: How Did Father’s Day Come to Be?

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 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, Mrs. Clayton 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).

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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 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.

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.

Read more about the history of Father’s Day.

Top 10 Father’s Day Recipes for Dad

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

Super Steak Sandwich

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    Photo: Colleen Quinnell

    Country-Style Root Beer-Glazed Ribs

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    Photo: Cappi Thompson/shutterstock

    Bourbon and Brown Sugar-Glazed Salmon

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    Photograph: Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Stuffing-Breaded Pork Chops

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    Photograph: Becky Luigart-Stayner 

    Chicken Wings With Sesame and Ginger

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    Photo: Coffeemill/Shutterstock

    Maple BBQ Ribs

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    Credit: Pixabay

    Grilled Flank Steak with Rosemary and Thyme

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    Photo: hlphoto/shutterstock

    Baja Fish Tacos

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    Photo: Sam Jones/Quinn Brein

    Super Summer Sliders

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    Photograph: Becky Luigart-Stayner 

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

    Almanac Reader Recipes
    Also, below are some recipes “made by dad” (or granddad)—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.”
    –Unknown

    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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    Reader Comments

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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!!

    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.

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    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.

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