Unlike Mother’s Day, it took a bit longer for the idea of an annual day honoring dads to take off. Mother’s Day officially became a national holiday in 1914. President Lyndon B. Johnson issued a proclamation in 1966 to honor dads on the third Sunday in June, but Father’s Day wouldn’t be made a federal holiday until 1972.
That’s not to say there wasn’t a movement out there to make Father’s Day a thing much earlier. A West Virginia church set aside a special day to honor fathers in the summer of 1908, and in 1910, Sonora Smart Dodd worked hard to get her home state of Washington to hold a celebration for dads that was equivalent to moms. So, Washington had the U.S.’s first statewide Father’s Day on June 19, 1910.
Today, Father’s Day might not drive up flower sales or be as huge a brunch draw to area restaurants, but the day is a special commemoration as kids young and young-at-heart take the time to celebrate their dad. Instead of a tie or breakfast in bed to mark Father’s Day, how about an activity that gets your dad out and doing something he loves? There are a lot of cool activities that can be a lot of fun for the whole family or just one-on-one with dad for teens and grown kids.
If you’re looking for exciting things to do on Father’s Day, we’ve got some awesome ideas.
Father’s Day is in June, and baseball season is in full swing. If your dad is a huge fan, get tickets to his favorite team. Plan a whole baseball-themed day, starting with a game of catch or a backyard baseball game before the first pitch. If Dad’s top team is away, but the ballpark where his team is playing is at a reasonable distance, think about a family road trip.
For a budget-friendly option, check out a nearby minor-league team. Minor-league baseball is pretty exciting, too, and the tickets, especially for the entire family, are way more reasonable. Another sensational Father’s Day outing for the ultimate baseball fan is a trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
If Dad is a golfer, planning an outing is as straightforward as booking a tee time at his favorite course or one he’s been wanting to try. Make it a twosome or foursome by getting siblings or the whole family out on the course. For dads with younger kiddos, 18 or even nine holes on the golf course would be difficult. Instead, head to a driving range or a pitch and putt. Either one lets Dad spend Father’s Day doing something he loves. Mini golf is also a great way to spend the day.
Instead of your usual mini golf spot, look to find a different course that is maybe a little more challenging than the one your family usually frequents. Cap off an afternoon of golf with a dinner out or a barbecue in the backyard where Dad doesn’t have to do the grilling — unless he wants to, of course.
For dads who enjoy the great outdoors, there are quite a few options to choose from for a fabulous Father’s Day activity. Here are some awesome outdoor excursions to plan for that are ideal for a day trip with Dad:
- Explore a hiking trail
- Ride a scenic bike path
- Go fishing
- Kite flying
Top off the Father’s Day activity with a picnic of dad’s favorites or a meal out.
If you’d like to make a weekend out of it, surprise Dad with a camping trip. Leave him out of all the planning, packing, driving, and tent pitching so he can relax and commune with nature.
What is your dad’s top thing to do when he’s not working or busy with the kids and the house? What would he be doing if he didn’t have to drive kiddos to games, practices, or rehearsals? The answer is probably his hobby. On Father’s Day, don’t just give Dad time for his hobby, do it with him.
If your dad enjoys gardening, a nice present is a day of your services in the garden weeding, watering, or whatever he needs done. For dads who love cars, take him to a car show. Is your dad a cooking enthusiast? Sign him up for a cooking class in-person or virtually. Other super-fun hobby-oriented Father’s Day activities include:
- A trip to a museum
- Watching a historical reenactment
- Entering a video-game tournament
- Getting tickets to a theater
- Seeing a movie
- Go to or participate in a cornhole tournament
For grown kids 21-plus, attend a wine or craft-beer tasting.
It may have taken time for Father’s Day to catch on, but kids don’t necessarily need a national holiday to help them remember all the wonderful things dads do for them every day. Having a national holiday reminds everyone to set aside the time to celebrate dads annually. A fabulous Father’s Day activity is a great way to honor Dad and make some more wonderful memories as a family.
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