Father's Day 2022
Father's Day is coming up, and we've got some great gift ideas and activities for you.
Sunday, June 19, 2022 is Father's Day! Here you'll find delicious meal ideas, entertaining activities to arrange, and inspirational words for your Father's Day card. Also, learn about the true roots of Father's Day—an it's inspiring story.
Father's Day: Why Do We Celebrate It?
Father's Day recognizes and honours the men who have taken on the vital responsibility of parenthood. On this day, we also thank fathers and father figures (uncles, grandfathers) for the sacrifices they make, for embracing the responsibility of nurturing and raising children, and for devotion to their family.
When is Father's Day in the year 2022?
In the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, India, and a number of other nations throughout the world, Father's Day is observed annually on the third Sunday in June.
This holiday is observed in many nations at varied periods of the year. Father's Day is celebrated on the first Sunday in September in Australia, on the second Sunday in November in Norway, Sweden, and Finland, and on March 19.
Ideas for Father's Day
Father's Day occurs a few days before the summer solstice this year (Tuesday, June 21, at 5:14 a.m. Eastern Opportunity), making it the ideal time to kick off the summer season with a father-focused BBQ, camping trip, beach day, or other outdoor activity!
Fishing: How about a fantastic tackle box or whatever Dad requires? See our post What to Put in a Tackle Box for more information.
Camping: Spend the weekend of June 18/19 under the stars. The major constellations can be found on our star chart! Cooking outside is, of course, a significant aspect of camping! Check out these ten fantastic camping meals, including Hobo Packs!
Cooking: Get some chow on the grill! How about a Super Steak Sandwich, one of our favorites? Alternatively, scroll down to the bottom of the page for 10 more recipe ideas.
Father's Day was "invented" by who?
The present American version of Father's Day, like Mother's Day, has a long history that goes beyond greeting cards. On July 5, 1908, hundreds of men died in the deadliest mining tragedy in US history, and the first documented Father's Day service was held in Fairmont, West Virginia. Grace Golden Clayton, the daughter of a devout preacher, was instrumental in bringing the Sunday service to fruition.
Mrs. Clayton wanted to memorialize the numerous fathers who had died in the mining disaster, which killed over 360 men and boys and left approximately 1,000 children fatherless, while missing her own father, who had died in 1896. Despite the fact that the Fairmont service was the first to commemorate dads, it did not become an annual event, nor was the concept promoted (a large July 4 celebration in Fairmont and a tragic young death from typhoid fever took over the news at the time).
Father's Day is gaining popularity.
Several other people across the country had similar ideas over the years, but Mrs. Sonora Smart Dodd is credited with popularizing it and initiating the actions that led to Father's Day being a national holiday in the United States.
In 1909, she was listening to a Mother's Day sermon when her story began. Mrs. Dodd decided it would be wonderful to pay tribute to fathers as well. After her mother died in childbirth, her father, William Smart, raised his SIX children alone on his farm in Washington
Mrs. Dodd proposed that the Spokane Ministerial Association and the YMCA hold a "father's day" celebration. Because it was her father's birthday on June 5th, she chose that date.
The concept was well embraced, but the good ministers of Spokane requested that the day be changed to provide them more time to write sermons on the previously uncharted subject of fathers. Father's Day was originally commemorated in Spokane, Washington, on June 19, 1910 (the third Sunday in June), and has since become an annual occasion. Other towns soon followed suit with their own festivals.
From a local event to a national holiday, there's something for everyone.
Despite overwhelming support, it took several years for Father's Day to become a permanent national holiday. The first bill was submitted in Congress in 1913, but it failed to pass despite President Woodrow Wilson's encouragement. Lyndon B. Johnson made a proclamation honoring fathers on the third Sunday in June in 1966..
Finally, in 1972, President Richard Nixon signed legislation designating the third Sunday in June as Father's Day. Since then, it has been an official, permanent national holiday.
Why did it take so long for Father's Day to become a legal holiday (as opposed to Mother's Day, which was swiftly adopted)?