Monday 18 December 2017
(Week 51)

Father's Day 2018, 2019 and further

View below the dates for (among others) Father's Day 2018 and Father's Day 2019.
You can also see on which day the holiday falls and how many days it is until this holiday.
DateHolidayDay
June 18, 2017 Father's Day 2017 Sunday
June 17, 2018 Father's Day 2018 Sunday
June 16, 2019 Father's Day 2019 Sunday
June 21, 2020 Father's Day 2020 Sunday
June 20, 2021 Father's Day 2021 Sunday
June 19, 2022 Father's Day 2022 Sunday
June 18, 2023 Father's Day 2023 Sunday
June 16, 2024 Father's Day 2024 Sunday
June 15, 2025 Father's Day 2025 Sunday
June 21, 2026 Father's Day 2026 Sunday
June 20, 2027 Father's Day 2027 Sunday

Significance of Father's Day 2018

Father's Day is a holiday celebrated annually on the third Sunday of June. It is a day that commemorates fatherhood and appreciates all fathers and father-figures (including grandfathers, great-grandfathers, stepfathers, and foster fathers) as well as their contribution to society.

History of Father's Day

The History of Father's Day 2018 dates back to 1910 in Spokane, Washington, where 27-year-old Sonora Dodd proposed it as a way to honour the man (a civil war veteran William Jackson Smart) who raised her and her five siblings alone after her mom died in childbirth. Dodd was at a church thinking about how grateful she was for her father when she had the idea for Father's Day, which would mirror Mother's Day but be celebrated in June, her dad's birthday month.

It is said that she was inspired after hearing a sermon about Jarvis' Mother's Day in 1909 at Central Methodist Episcopal Church, and she therefore told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday honouring them. A bill to nationally recognise the holiday was introduced in Congress in 1913.

In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson went to Spokane to speak in a Father's Day celebration and wanted to make it official, but Congress resisted, with the fear that it would just another commercialized holiday. The movement grew for years but only became popular national in 1924 under former President Calvin Coolidge.

The holiday gained population during World War II, with most men leaving their families to fight in the war. In 1966 President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed the third Sunday of June to be Father's Day. US President Calvin Coolidge recommended in 1924 that the day be celebrated by the nation, but stopped short of issuing a national proclamation.

Two attempts to formally recognize the holiday had earlier been rejection by Congress. In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honouring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father's Day. Six years later, the day was made a permanent national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972.

Traditions of Father's Day 2018

Traditionally, families gather to celebrate the father figures in their lives. Father's Day is a relatively modern holiday so different families have a range of traditions.

Many people send or give cards or traditionally masculine gifts such as sports items or clothing, electronic gadgets, outdoor cooking supplies and tools for household maintenance. In the days and weeks leading to Father's Day, many schools help their pupils to prepare a handmade card or small gift for their fathers. Additionally, the US Open golf tournament is scheduled to finish on Father's Day.

When is Father's Day 2018

Father's Day 2018 is not a federal holiday and falls on the third Sunday of June. The date of the Holiday changes each year but always remains on a Sunday; consult the above table for exact dates.
See besides 'Father's Day' even more holidays, click on one of the links below.

View or download the 2017 calendar.

See also the 2017 Calendar.


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