Father’s Day celebrates and honors the men who have embraced the essential role of fatherhood. On this day, we also thank fathers and our father figures (uncles, grandfathers) for the sacrifices they make, for embracing the responsibility of nurturing and raising children, and for devotion to their families.
Father’s Day was not immediately accepted when it was proposed in 1913, and it did not become a national holiday in the U.S. until 1972 during President Richard Nixon’s administration. Why was it a hotly contested debate? Read the forgotten history behind Father’s Day.
This year, Father’s Day falls a couple of days before the summer solstice (Tuesday, June 21, at 2:14 A.M. Pacific Time), which makes it the perfect time to kick off the summer season with a father-focused barbecue, camping trip, beach day, or other outdoor activity!