All Dad Wants for Father’s Day
BY MARIA IANNUCCI
With reminders hitting calendars in the days leading up to Father’s Day on June 15, sons and daughters, moms and stepmoms, and even grandchildren are out searching for the perfect tie, new fishing pole, or updated technology for “dear old Dad.” But there’s a gift that he’ll likely celebrate much more than any wrapped package.
MAKING FATHER’S DAY FUN
Dad gets to be king of his castle at least one day during the year. Come mid-June, children near and far scramble for ideas to treat their fathers to a special day and award him with gifts for being a role model, provider and confidante. Father’s Day activities should be centered around Dad’s interests. With that in mind, the following are some ideas to honor Dad or another special man in your life.
- Sports Sunday: If Dad is a sports fan, his idea of spending a fun-filled afternoon very well may be cheering on his favorite players. Whether your father enjoys golf, tennis, baseball, soccer, or another sport like hunting or fishing, chances are there is a television broadcast on that you can watch together. Otherwise, you can surprise Dad by purchasing tickets to a sporting event and making a day of it at the ballpark.
- Beach bound: A relaxing day at the beach may be the perfect way to spend Father’s Day. Dad can enjoy the entire family while sitting back in his beach chair and watching the waves roll in. Pack a picnic lunch with his favorite foods and a cold beer, and Dad may just say this was his best celebration yet.
- Adventure seeker: If yours is a father who enjoys living on the edge, a Father’s Day activity built around action and adventure should be a winner. Take Dad base jumping, rock climbing, scuba diving, or race car driving. Any of these activities is bound to get Dad’s adrenaline pumping.
- R&R: Dad’s idea of the perfect Father’s Day may be an afternoon free of obligations and deadlines. A relaxing day in the yard swimming laps in the pool or hitting a few grounders to your waiting baseball mitt may be all the excitement he needs. Toss a few steaks on the grill to give Father’s Day a truly perfect ending.
- Impromptu party: Some dads like to be the center of attention. A Father’s Day party thrown in his honor, complete with friends and family, can be an Father’s Day may be best spent taking in a sporting event, especially if Dad is a big sports fan. entertaining way to spend the day. If you are worried about interrupting others’ Father’s Day plans, host the gathering on the Saturday before Father’s Day and let Dad be the life of the party. Finger foods, barbecue, a limited list of cocktails and other beverages and some background music are all that you need to host a festive function. Plan a Father’s Day celebration with your dad in mind. Cater to his favorite activities and opt for entertainment that he will enjoy.
CELEBRATE DAD AND SOME HISTORY THIS FATHER’S DAY
Father’s Day has been celebrated in one form or another since the beginning of the nineteenth century. Perhaps the most driving force behind Father’s Day was Senora Dodd, who thought of the idea of a day to honor fathers while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909. Having been raised by her father, Dodd wanted to honor the sacrifices that fathers make.
Father’s Day was not formally considered a holiday until 1972, when a Congressional Act officially designated the third Sunday in June, Father’s Day. Families celebrate Father’s Day in many ways. This year Father’s Day falls on Sunday, June 15. Dads who are history buffs may want to celebrate this year’s holiday by reminiscing about the notable events that have occurred on June 15 through the years. Here are just some of the many historical events that took place on June 15.
- 1752: Ben Franklin performs his famous kite-flying experiment to test the electrical power of lightning.
- 1775: George Washington is appointed Commander in Chief of the American Army.
- 1878: The first attempt at a motion picture takes place. Twelve cameras, each taking one picture, focus on horses’ hooves to see if they will leave the ground.
- 1887: The New York Giants baseball team beats the Philadelphia Phillies 29 -1.
- 1924: Native Americans are proclaimed U.S. citizens.
- 1934: The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is dedicated.
- 1940: France surrenders to German forces as Nazi troops occupy the city of Paris.
- 1968: John Lennon and Yoko Ono plant an acorn at Coventry Cathedral.
- 1977: General elections are held in Spain for the first time since 1936.
- 1985: The Russian space probe Vega 2 lands on Venus.
- 2002: An asteroid misses hitting Earth by 75,000 miles.
- 2003: The San Antonio Spurs defeat the New Jersey Nets to win the NBA Championship.