Father's Day Fun and The Story Of How Fathers' Day began

By Melissa Shrader Editor Publisher Loveland Macaroni Kid June 13, 2022

How did celebrating Fathers' Day begin?

Well, there are two different stories on how the holiday began.

The first Father's day was celebrated in Washington State on June 19th, 1910. Sonora Smart Dodd came up with the idea of honoring her father while listening to a Mothers' day sermon at church in 1909. She felt that Fathers deserved credit too. Her father William Smart was a veteran of the Civil war and was left a widower when his wife died during the birth of their sixth child. He raised all six children himself on their Washington farm. 

 The second story happens in Fairmont West Virginia July 5th 1908. Grace Golden Clayton suggested to the local Methodist Church that they hold services to celebrate fathers after a deadly mine explosion killed 361 men. 

President Calvin Coolidge recommended that Fathers' Day become a national holiday but nothing official happened until 1966 when Lyndon B. Johnson designated the third Sunday in June to become the official celebration of Fathers' Day. In 1972 the Nixon administration officially recognized the day as a National holiday. 

Did You Know? 

Other countries celebrate fathers too? Many celebrate on the third week of June too but others celebrate on different dates. 

Wherever you may be you can celebrate Father's day.

For a full list of places and dates click here.

Do you know what Dad loves most for Father's day? 

Time. Time to spend with their families, Time to spend in the yard,  or playing golf, or just resting. All the Dad's I know also love something given from the heart, something handmade. They love memories over things. 

We have a few events that will make wonderful memories! 

Dubs and Dads VW Car Show Fort Collins

Annual Father's Day Scavenger Hunt Loveland 

Father's Day 5k Fort Collins

Father's Day at KOA Fort Collins

Father's Day Special Make two Coffee Mugs: Clay Hand-building class Fort Collins

Father’s Day Tree Sale Fort Collins


Fathers Day Garden Tour Windsor

Global Village Free Admission For Dad Fort Collins

6th Annual Father's Day Brunch at The Goat Fort Collins

Father's Day Picnic Johnstown

Father's day SMOKE OUT!!!!! Severance

Father's Day Family Backyard Movie Night Fort Collins

Father’s Day Picnic Lyons