Make dad feel special on Father’s Day

Published 3:56 pm Friday, June 14, 2019

Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in June and recognizes the contribution that fathers and father figures alike make for their children’s lives.

Many people will send or give cards or gifts to their fathers. Common Father’s Day gifts can include sports items or clothing, electronic gadgets, outdoor supplies, grilling items, or tools for all those dad maintenance jobs.

Father’s Day is considered a modern holiday and many families have a range of traditions. These traditions can range from a phone call, a greeting card, a special party honoring “father” figures, Those father figures can include dads, step-fathers, father-in-law’s, grandfathers, great grandfathers, and even other male relatives.

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There are a range of events that inspired Father’s Day, and one of those was the creation of Mother’s Day. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, another event that inspired Father’s Day was a memorial service that was held in 1908 for a large group of men, many of them father’s, who were killed in a mining accident in Monongah, W. Va. in December 1907.

The influential figure in establishing Father’s Day was Sonora Smart Dodd. Her father raised six children by himself after the death of their mother. This was uncommon at that time because the widowers would typically place their children in the care of others or quickly marry again.

Dodd was inspired by the work of Anna Jarvis, who had pushed for Mother’s Day celebrations. Dodd fest that her father deserved recognition for what he had done. The first time Father’s Day was held in June was in 1910. Father’s Day was officially recognized as a holiday in 1972 by President Richard Nixon.

If you are looking for something to do on Father’s Day but don’t know what exactly to plan for your dad, maybe you can try one of these activities.

You can enjoy the full moon and Jupiter for Father’s Day.

On the night of the 16th, grab some lawn chairs and watch the Sun set and the full moon rise for a magical night.

June’s full Moon—the Full Strawberry Moon—will rise around sunset on Sunday and then set in the west around sunrise on the Monday.

On Sunday evening into Monday morning, the bright planet Jupiter will appear to the right of the nearly full Moon.

As the largest planet in our solar system, Jupiter has been called the “Father of Men” and “Lord of the Heavens.”

Both Jupiter and the Full Moon will both light up the nighttime from dusk until dawn.

Specifically, they will appear in the southeast as evening twilight ends. The moon will reach its highest in the sky early Monday morning, and both objects will appear in the southwest as morning twilight begins.

Grab a line and pole and go down to the fishing hole. Coincidentally, Father’s Day weekend falls under the Farmer’s Almanac “Best Days for Fishing” category, so you can’t go wrong there.

Pack the tent and hit the woods. Camping is another great summertime activity and spending Father’s Day camping can make memorable moments for the special day.

The Middlesboro Mall is hosting three big events this weekend for Father’s Day.

Big Toys 4 Big Boys is taking place through Monday.

Cruisin’ the Crater is Saturday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will continue every third Saturday through September.

“Pistol Creek Catch of the Day” will be performing from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. during Cruisin’ the Crater.

Pistol Creek Catch of the Day is a musical ensemble comprising guitar, fiddle, doghouse bass, tenor banjo, mandolin, maybe a ukulele and an assortment of percussion instruments, whistles and squeaky toys. Their genre is an eclectic mix of Americana and rockabilly.

This is a rain or shine event and everyone should bring a chair.

So, this Father’s Day, show dad how much he is loved and appreciated whether it’s by a phone call or spending the entire day showing him how much you care.

From everyone here at the Middlesboro Daily News, Happy Father’s Day to all the amazing dad’s out there.