Father’s Day

Although this year’s day might be a little different thanks to Lockdown, there are still many ways to make Dad feel special on Father’s Day.

Father’s day – It’s all about remembering what Dads have done for their kids. It’s the day of rightly deserved attention, extra affection, and some extra Dad-devotion – putting aside in the hustle and bustle of daily life. It’s the day when Dads put up their feet.

From the storey behind the celebration, to how to celebrate at home, here’s all you need to know about Father’s Day 2020, plus some fun things to do on the big day with kids.

When is Father’s Day 2020 in the UK

Father’s Day is always celebrated on the third Sunday of June each year in the United Kingdom; Father’s Day falls in the UK this year on Sunday, June 21.

Excitingly, this year, this coincides with the Summer Solstice — the longest day of the year — meaning you should really get the most from his extra-long day!

When did we start celebrating Father’s Day?

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Although Mother’s Day is a traditional British Christian day, also known as ‘Mothering Sunday,‘ Father’s Day is a fairly recent idea.

The efforts of an American movement to celebrate dads on 5 July 1908, started when a church in West Virginia held a sermon in honour of fathers, a Sunday sermon in memory of 362 men who had died in a disaster at the Fairmont Coal Company mines in Monongah.

However it was during the Second World War in the UK when advertisers seized the opportunity to use the Day for propaganda purposes and so by the time the War was over, Father’s Day had become a national institution in both the United States and USA. As the United Kingdom, were following the lead of America, and it was set as the June date we all now remember.

Why is Father’s Day on a different date around the world?

Today, Father’s Day is celebrated on different days in different countries. Most countries do follow suit and celebrate Father’s Day on the third Sunday in June including here in the UK, USA, Mexico, Ireland, France, Greece, China and Japan. Although celebrations of fatherhood date back to the Catholic Europe of the Middle Ages held on 19 March, the Feast of St Joseph – Mary’s Husband Joseph — with this date still marked by Catholic countries such as Spain and Italy. Germany marks Father’s Day on Ascension Day in May or June, 40 days after Easter, while Australia and New Zealand commemorate it on the first Sunday in September. Several countries in the Middle East mark Father’s Day on 21 June, coinciding with the summer solstice. While in Thailand, Father’s Day is celebrated on 5 December — the birthday of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who is considered the Father of the Nation.

Ideas to celebrate a Lockdown Father’s Day in 2020 at home

Father’s Day it’s a day to remember to give your dad a Father’s Day card and or gift (even when you grow up) or spend extra time with him that day telling him you love him (don’t forget to do this!). This year, however, it’s a little different. While large gatherings and celebrations may not be possible in Dad’s favorite pub, you can still mark the day in other ways.

Lockdown Father’s Day Ideas

There is a perfect Father’s Day activity for every type of dad to enjoy and remember forever. Find fun ideas for Father’s Day here, from golf to gardening (by you).

Make breakfast in bed

Get up early and prepare Breakfast in bed. After allowing a sleep-in of course. Breakfast in bed is a great way of showing Dad how much they mean to you. Start Father’s Day off with toast and coffee made by kids is a really thoughtful treat. A bonus is treating him with his favourite breakfast meal, however indulgent it may be (who’s fancies a fry up?). From yummy pancakes to healthier poached eggs, or avocado smash, even baked cupcakes, just get the children involved and cook up a storm. Or, if he has a sweet tooth, why not cook this Father’s Day cake? 

 Have a picnic in the garden

Fingers crossed for some fantastic weather on the longest day of the year. Pile favourite foods of Dad into a fancy hamper or basket, grab a picnic blanket and head out into the garden for an alfresco affair to the nearest grassy field.

The new government guidelines say you can spend time outdoors, including private gardens and other outdoor spaces, in groups of up to six people from different households, following social distancing guidelines. Brilliant! Invite grandparents (Dads and Grandads) to enjoy a picnic (socially distant of course).

Go for a long walk

A long stroll or, even better, an ambitious hike with Dad for ultimate ‘together time’. Plan a route, pack some snacks and head for the hills. Fresh air, exercise and plenty of Dad-time company will ensure memory-making chats are practically guaranteed.

Taste some beers

Mark the day for dad by toasting him a selection of craft beers to try. Ale, lagers or even locally brewed spirits make for ultimate stay-at-home-taste-testing. Selecting some great tasting brews in the best bottles which will (hopefully) make it a day to recall the day for weeks to come. And no need to make him feel guilty over that beer belly! You could also consider getting him a homebrew kit so he can save some cash by making his own.

Practice your swing

Maybe Dad would like to escape for 18 holes but you could get him a stay-at-home mini-golf set and set up an obstacle course around the garden or local park. Just mind the neighbours and your own windows!

Experience a battle

No not the family feud kind, but head back into the 18th or 19th century and visit local landmarks from the Civil Wars or historic battlefields and experience up close a slice of history.

Play some party games

Ok, so kids party game fads come and go but the traditional ones never go out of style. There’s plenty of games to play at home especially if Dad has young kids, try ‘Simon Says’ or even an egg and spoon race. It will tap into his competitive side for sure and it’s a perfect way to get everyone of all ages involved.

Make some father’s day crafts

You can’t beat gifts from the heart so why not get crafty with the children this year? Save yourself some pennies (and a trip to the shop) and let the kids channel their inner artist and create a Father’s Day card (plus it will  keep them-quiet for about 10 minutes). Have fun exploring your creative sides.

Get out in nature

Start a camping tradition in your back garden this year. Pitch a tent, start a campfire, share memories of growing up – at its best bonding. Get the right gear and go wild.

Plan a spa day

Spa days aren’t just for ladies – right? Men like a bit of pampering too! If he is the kind of dad who loves being indulged, give him a luxury massage, with a face mask and all the manly-trimmings! Or buy him a voucher for a hair-cut or professional hot shave when restrictions have lifted. I think we’ll al be needing one of those – women too!

Have fun and work hard in the garden

Tight on cash? Give Dad your time. Mow the lawn or do a garden tidy then make him a cup of tea to sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labours.

Give him some wheels

Is your father an total petrol head? Find a nearby classic or modern car hire for awesome vintage hot-rods, or the new electric vehicle. Bond over tales about how he felt driving his first car — or share laughs about what he went through to teach you how to drive.

Plan a trip

Plan for the future, restrictions won’t last forever. Think about your next trip in 2021. Plan out your ideal day trip or a weekend getaway!

Happy Father’s Day Dad!