Did you know that Father’s Day was founded in Washington state? Yes, it is true — sort of. The notion to recognize dear old dad sprang from the mind of a young woman in eastern Washington, but the idea took many twists and turns during the 20th century.
Way back on July 19, 1910, the governor of the State of Washington, influenced by Spokane resident Sonora Smart Dodd, proclaimed the nation’s first “Father’s Day.” After hearing a sermon on Mother’s Day in 1909, Dodd thought fathers should have similar treatment. She worked tirelessly to bring this idea to the forefront. However, it took over six decades for the day to become a nationwide holiday in the United States. In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating it the third Sunday in June. That day was made a permanent national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972.
This came nearly 60 years after the establishment of Mother’s Day by President Woodrow Wilson in 1914. The spring date for Dad’s day was chosen because Dodd initially suggested June 5, her father’s birthday. However, local pastors did not have enough time to prepare their sermons, and so the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday of June.
Aside from the long wait, we have been “officially” honoring fathers all across America for the last 42 years. Maybe you will choose to do something extra special for dad after hearing of this long journey. Whatever the reason, Gig Harbor holds a special place for dads and provides special and unique offerings, too.
On June 15, Gig Harbor presents endless opportunities to show him your love, and has something for every kind of dad.
• If Dad is a fisherman at heart, head to the Gig Harbor Fly Shop, where one can learn to fly fish, go on guided tours, or fill his tackle box with the latest fishing accessories.
• If dad would prefer to spend his Father’s Day putting around, then buy him a round of golf at one of our beautiful golf courses: Madrona Links, Horseshoe Lake or Canterwood Golf and Country Club.
• Maybe dad has always wanted to take up sailing. In that case, send him back to school at the Gig Harbor Sailing Club and School where he could earn his U.S. Sailing Certification.
• If the father in your life is competitive, rent him a kayak or paddleboard at Lee’s SUP or Gig Harbor Rent-a-Boat and challenge him to race around the harbor.
• If your dad would rather spend his Father’s Day taking it easy and relaxing on the water instead, check out Destiny Harbor Tours, Eagle Eye Charters and Rent-a-Boat and Charters for a memorable Father’s Day treat.
• Galaxy Theater, located in Uptown Gig Harbor, is the home to a beautiful, state-of-the-art, 10 screen movie complex. With this many options in entertainment, you will certainly find something dad will enjoy.
• If live theater is more up dad’s alley, visit Paradise Theatre, located on Burnham Drive, and plan to be entertained and amused. “Shrek the Musical” is on the calendar beginning June 20. “The Drowsy Chaperone” will arrive in August — now how perfect would that be for dear ol’ dad!
• If just getting out of the house and spending time with your father is more to your liking, head to the Cushman Trail. The paved, non-motorized trail for pedestrian and bike use is approximately five miles.
• Finally, does dad appreciate the finer spirits in life? If so, take him to Heritage Distilling Company and purchase a cask filled with his favorite libation.
Whatever his fancy, Gig Harbor has it all for that special dad in your life. For more fun ideas on things to do with dad, visit www.gigharborguide.com. But most important, enjoy your recognition, Dad! It was a long time coming!Karen Scott is the marketing directory for the city of Gig Harbor. She can be reached at gigharborguide.com or by calling 253-853-3554.