Every year when the third Sunday of June rolls around, billboards, gift sets, and cards emblemized with cheesy Father’s Day sayings and puns can be found everywhere. Families have surely been celebrating their father figures for centuries now, but the holiday we now know is relatively new. The day dedicated to dads of all types and all that they do for us is actually a pretty new concept and was only made an official federal holiday in 1972. But how exactly did this day become the national celebration that it is today?
Families have surely been celebrating their father figures for centuries now, but the holiday we now know is relatively new. From the 1920s to the 1930s, there was a movement to try and combine Mother’s Day and Father’s Day into one shared day. Appropriately coined “Parent’s Day,” this idea fell through after the Great Depression. Having two separate days for each parent turned these holidays into an opportunity for spending and it is estimated that today, Americans spend over $1 billion for Father’s Day.
As for celebrations, there are tons of ways to honor the day in and around New York City.
A Father’s Day beer and brunch cruise is something perfect for the adventurous dad type, or if he’s a foodie, maybe the Eggs Rolls, Egg Creams, and Empanadas Festival on the Lower East Side is the perfect way to spend his day. But really, at the end of the day, the best way to celebrate Father’s Day is to spend time together doing anything at all!Pan Am Equities, PanAm, Things To Do