Father’s day is Sunday, June 18, 2017. Do you plan on spending the day with your dad?
One of the greatest titles in the world is parent, and one of the biggest blessings in the world is to have parents to call mom and dad. ~Jim DeMint
History of Father’s Day
From our Mother’s Day blog, Mother’s day was an official holiday in 1908 and it’s believed that the first Father’s Day was celebrated in the state of Washington on June 19, 1910. Sonora Smart Dodd came up with the idea of honoring and celebrating her father while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon at her church in Spokane 1909. Like the founder of Mother’s Day, Sonora had ties to the Civil War as her father was a Union soldier.
What we know as Father’s Day was originally celebrated by the Catholic Church as St. Joseph’s day since around the 14th century. However, traditions have changed as Father’s day is always the third Sunday in June. St. Joseph’s day is held on March 19th, during Lent.
How Do We Celebrate Father’s Day?
There are many ways to say thanks and show appreciation to your father. You might go a traditional route by buying your father a gift or doing something special with him for the day. Find out what he likes and get creative!
Maybe dad just wants to lounge around in the yard or his favorite chair? That’s okay too.
- Tools or Gadgets
- BBQ or grilling utensils
- Handmade gifts
- Coffee Mug
- Goodie Basket
- Tool Holder
- Coin Dish
- Favorite food or beverage
- Tickets to a sporting event
- Go to a sporting event
- Spend the day at the beach or local fishing hole
- Take dad out to lunch or dinner
One thing to do is to consider is visiting the final resting place of our fathers and grandfathers that may have passed. Take the family and teach your children about their ancestors.
Did these men spend time in the military? What were their occupations? Are there traditions that the men in your family have passed down through the generations. Take this day to celebrate their history and life accomplishments.
How do you celebrate Father’s Day with your dad and family? Do you have a special tradition? Tell us about it in the comments!