This Sunday is a big day on the calendar for dads everywhere. Curious about the backstory, I came upon a range of events which may have inspired the idea of Father’s Day.
The first was in 1908 for 360 men, many of them fathers, who were killed in a mining accident in West Virginia.
An interesting story from Washington state in 1910 involves the daughter of a widower, Sonora Dodd, who is widely credited with the idea that fathers were deserving of a day of praise. Her dad raised six children by himself after the death of their mother; this was uncommon as widowers often remarried or placed their children in the care of others.
Interestingly, in 1966, United States President Lyndon B. Johnson designated the third Sunday in June to celebrate Father’s Day. Six years later, in 1972, President Richard Nixon made it a recognized holiday.
Although Father’s Day isn’t a holiday in Canada there is no shortage of activities that will suit any budget in and around Winnipeg that will make for a memorable day.
Is dad an early riser? Cheer on the 13,000 runners in the 36th annual Manitoba Marathon as they wind their way through various residential areas of the city. (manitobamarathon.mb.ca)
Hungry for a great meal? Try out the Father’s Day brunch at the Fort Garry Hotel from 10 a.m to 1 p.m. Reservations are recommended! (fortgarryhotel.com)
Is he a music lover? The free opening weekend of the TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival has some great concerts planned from 3 p.m. until midnight. (jazzwinnipeg.com)
What about the sport of kings? Post time at Assiniboia Downs is 1:30 p.m. (www.assiniboiadowns.com)
Across the parking lot at the Red River Ex there are concerts, a midway, family-friendly attractions and art, photography and agricultural exhibits. (redriverex.com)
Is dad a baseball fan? First pitch at Shaw Park is 1:30 p.m., with the Winnipeg Goldeyes squaring off against the St. Paul Saints. Bring your glove and snag dad a foul ball! (goldeyes.com)
Looking for something a little quieter? A day at Oak Hammock marsh with the family could be the perfect way to celebrate. (oakhammockmarsh.ca)
David Hultin is a community correspondent for Charleswood.