Worried that you might have forgotten Father’s Day? Don’t panic, there’s still time to celebrate your dear old dad! Here in the UK, Father’s Day 2016 is on Sunday 19th June.
Like to buy your Father’s Day cards and gifts in advance? Take a peek at our handy guide to see Father’s Day dates for the next 10 years:
|Year||Father's Day Date|
|2016||Sunday 19th June|
|2017||Sunday 18th June|
|2018||Sunday 17th June|
|2019||Sunday 16th June|
|2020||Sunday 21st June|
|2021||Sunday 20th June|
|2022||Sunday 19th June|
|2023||Sunday 18th June|
|2024||Sunday 16th June|
|2025||Sunday 15th June|
|2026||Sunday 21st June|
Father’s Day is an occasion to celebrate fatherhood and spoil the father figure in your life. Whether your special chap is your godfather, uncle, father, stepdad, or grandpa, Father’s Day is a perfect time to let him know how much you value his words of wisdom, unconditional love, and those bad jokes!
Like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day is an occasion we grow up celebrating. Remember being at primary school and drawing pictures for daddy? Carefully preparing a Father’s Day breakfast in bed, and spending all of your pocket money on a CD for dad? The struggle, now you’re older, to find a perfect present for a difficult-to-buy-for-dad?
We celebrate all things “dad” on Father’s Day but what’s the history behind this occasion? Where did Father’s Day come from?
It’s thought that Father’s Day began in America in the early 1900s, with the first Father’s Day celebration held in either 1908 or 1910. Some sources suggest that Sonora Dodd from Washington proposed the day in 1910, whilst others attribute the day to Grace Golden Clayton, from West Virginia.
According to Father’s Day folklore, Dodd heard a sermon about Mother’s Day and felt that such a day should exist for fathers, as she and her siblings were raised by their father. After campaigning for a “Father’s Day,” the city of Spokane held one in 1910, and it was adopted by other cities across America. For Clayton, creating a day to celebrate fathers was a way for families, and children especially, to remember the many men killed in a mine explosion in West Virginia in 1908.
Although the exact origin isn’t known, the 3rd Sunday in June was adopted as the official day for Father's Day in the USA in 1966. And in the UK, we also celebrate Father’s Day on the third Sunday of June.
Don’t forget to pen a few words to dad! From letting daddy know that he’s the best at reading bedtime stories, to thanking dad for helping you to navigate the confusing world of job applications, a personalised card with a loving message will help to make his day.
Wondering what to write in a Father’s Day card? We know it can be tricky to find the words to let dad know just how you feel, so here’s a few suggestions from our office to help you write your Father’s Day card.
“Daddy, I just wanted to let you know that I’m so proud to call you my father, and you mean the world to me.”
“Having my own children has made me understand just how hard being a parent is! And it has made me realise what an amazing father you were to me as a child, and continue to be now. I hope I can give my children as much love and guidance as you’ve given me through the years. I love you, Dad.”
“Dad, thank you for always being there for me and for helping me through the tough times. And for telling me all of those dreadful jokes to cheer me up!”
“Just to say thanks for fixing the washing machine, for putting up the shelves in my kitchen, and for painting the sitting room. You’re the world’s best DIY expert!”
“Happy Father’s Day. Love always, Your Favourite Child”