Father's Day 2020 - Olympic Security & Communications Systems Thanks You

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Father’s Day 2020 is celebrated this Sunday, June 21. Ever wondered how Father’s Day came to be? It’s more than a Hallmark holiday. Father’s Day was first celebrated after the worst mining accident in U.S. history. Learn all about Father’s Day—including fun ideas, quotes, and recipes to celebrate the role of fathers in our lives.

Why We Celebrate Father’s Day

Father’s Day celebrates and honors the men who have embraced the essential role of fatherhood. On this day, we also thank fathers and father figures for the sacrifices they make, for embracing the responsibility of nurturing and raising children, and for devotion to their family.

When Is Father’s Day 2020?

In 2020, Father’s Day will be celebrated on Sunday, June 21. This happens to be just one day after the summer solstice (June 20 at 5:44 P.M. Eastern Time), making it the first full day of the summer season.

Father’s Day is celebrated annually on the third Sunday in June in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, India, and a number of other countries around the world.

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Gone Fishing?

Maybe you want to go fishing for Father’s Day? Coincidentally, Father’s Day (Sunday, June 21, 2020) falls under our “Best Days for Fishing” this year!

Camp Under the Stars

Of course, camping is another great summertime activity to do with dad—and it goes well with fishing! Plus, Father’s Day weekend will be bathed in the darkness of a new Moon, which will make the constellations as bright as they can be.

Father’s Day also happens to be just one day after the summer solstice, meaning that it will be one of the longest days of the year, as far as daylight hours go. While this may cut into your stargazing time, it will make for a special day nonetheless.

Grill Up Some Grub

With summer’s official arrival, there’s no excuse not to grill!

Who “Invented” Father’s Day?

The first known Father’s Day service occurred in Fairmont, West Virginia, on July 5, 1908, after hundreds of men died in the worst mining accident in U.S. history. The Sunday service happened because of the efforts of Grace Golden Clayton, the daughter of a dedicated reverend.

While missing her own dad, who had died in 1896, Mrs. Clayton wanted to honor the many fathers who had died in the mining explosion, which killed more than 360 men and boys, and left about 1,000 children fatherless. Although the Fairmont service was the first known to honor fathers, it did not turn into an annual event, nor was the idea promoted (a large July 4 celebration in Fairmont and a tragic young death from typhoid fever took over the news at the time).

Father’s Day Gains Momentum

Several other people across the nation had similar ideas throughout the years, but Mrs. Sonora Smart Dodd is credited for being the one to popularize it, starting events that led to Father’s Day becoming a U.S. national holiday.

Her story began as she sat listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909. Mrs. Dodd thought that it might be nice to honor fathers as well. Her father, William Smart, had raised his SIX children alone on his farm in Washington after his wife died giving birth.

Mrs. Dodd proposed to the Spokane Ministerial Association and the YMCA that they celebrate a “father’s day.” She chose the 5th of June because it was her father’s birthday.

The idea received strong support, but the good ministers of Spokane asked that the day be changed to give them extra time to prepare sermons on the unexplored subject of fathers. The first Father’s Day in Spokane, Washington, was observed on June 19, 1910 (the third Sunday in June), and became an annual event there. Soon, other towns had their own celebrations.

(The Old Farmer's Almanac)

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