Contrary to what many believe, Father's Day wasn't invented by any particular card company to drum up business during a quiet summer! Most countries, including Ireland, the United States and the UK, celebrate Father's Day on the third Sunday of June. There are several theories behind the first Father's Day but generally the first father to receive a pair of socks and a tie was William Jackson Smart. He was a US Civil War veteran and after his wife died in 1898, he raised his six children in Spokane, Washington. His daughter was so moved by his efforts to raise their family, and inspired by the latest holiday of Mother's Day, she started a campaign to have Father's Day officially recognised. Through her efforts, the first Father's day was celebrated on June 19th 1910. It was officially recognised in 1972 under President Nixon. So this Father's Day, instead of going to your local store and picking up something at the last minute, why not plan early and get something a little more unusual online.
The officially recognised date of Father's Day varies from country to country. In Ireland, the US and UK, and many other countries it falls on the third Sunday in June.
|Ireland & UK
USA & Canada
(3rd Sunday in June)
|Third Sunday in June||Jun 16, 2019
Jun 21, 2020
Jun 20, 2021
|Australia & New Zealand
(1st Sunday in September)
|First Sunday of September||Sep 1, 2019
Sep 6, 2020