Celebrating Dads This Father’s Day

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Did you know a single father of 14 children was the inspiration for creating Father’s Day? As historians tell it, Willam Jackson Smart’s daughter Sonora was attending a Mother’s Day church service in 1909 when she decided father’s deserved a holiday, too. 

In 1910, her petition to the Ministerial Alliance was accepted, and Father’s Day was celebrated across Spokane, Washington, on June 19 of that year. For much of the next 60 years Sonora, and politicians like William Jennings Bryan and Woodrow Wilson, lobbied to make it a national holiday.

In 1972, six years before Sonora’s death, Richard Nixon signed a Congressional Resolution declaring the third Sunday in June to be Father’s Day.

Foodie Dads Father’s Day Options

Try an Online Cooking Class

You and Dad will learn new skills and have a fun time bonding! There are many options out there, so be sure to pick a food style your dad will love. This MasterClass in Texas-Style BBQ looks amazing! 

Take a Food Tour

Whether you hit up your local downtown or the nearest big city, you and Dad can spend the day eating your way through all of his favorite dining spots – and maybe discover some new ones! Check out these great food tours across the country.

A dad and son walking with coffee mugs and the son's arm is around his dad's shoulders.

Sample Food Trucks

Speaking of food tours, no good tasting experience would be complete without checking out a dining truck or two! Here are 50 states of food trucks to get you started.

DIY Father’s Day Ideas


Father’s Day is all about showing Dad how much you love him. Grab your paper and a marker or Sharpie. Write one thing you love on each note and stick them up around your house in places you know Dad will see them.

Go On An Outdoor Adventure

With masking requirements relaxing, it’s a great time to reconnect with the great outdoors. Go for a hike, bike ride, walk, swim, rock climb, or picnic and spend some quality time with Dad. Our national parks are a great place to start, and their America the Beautiful parks pass is good until June 2022. Get yours here.

A dad giving his son a hug outside by a park bench.

Take a Day Trip

Is there a museum, park, or other attraction Dad’s been wanting to see? Take a day trip adventure with Dad this Father’s Day. He’ll be thrilled you remembered something he was missing during the lockdown.

Father’s Day Movie Night 

Break out the popcorn and Dad’s favorite beverage. Rent or stream his favorite movies, and cozy up for an at-home movie night! Or take him out for a movie. Check out the options some theaters are offering and treat him to a private showing.

What other ideas do you have to show Dad how much you care about this Father’s Day? Let us know in the comments below!

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