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

By Melissa Shrader Editor Publisher Loveland Macaroni Kid June 10, 2024

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! 

Fort Collins 

June 14 5:30-7pm Father's Day Remembrance Dinner @ Pathways

June 14 - June 16 All day Father’s Day Tree Sale @ Fort Collins Nursery

June 15 8-11am Fathers Fest Cars and Coffee @ Redeemer Lutheran Church

June 15 10am - 3pm Father's Day Market @ Baldwin Hardwoods

 June 15 11am - 5pm Free Admission for Fathers @ Global Village Museum

June 16 9-10:30am Father's Day SUP yoga @ Horsetooth Reservoir


June 15 12-6pm Dad Bod Summer: Dadcathlon @ Downtown Greeley

June 16 12-3pm Dads & Dudes event Father's Day @ Rogue Play Trampoline & Ninja

June 16 12-4pm Father's Day @ Colorado Model Railroad Museum


 June 15 9-10:30am Father's Day SUP yoga @ Carter Lake

June 15 11am - 3pm Father's Day Carnival @ Thunder Mountain Harley Davidson

Daily Now through June 16th Father’s Day Gift with Purchase @ Centerra


June 14 1-4pm Father's Day Community Open House @ Columbine commons Windsor

June 16 1:30-3:30pm Father’s Day at Treasure Island

June 16 2:30 -4:30pm Windsor Creative Creations Designed for Fathers Day