Father’s Day Started In The West!
On June 19, 1910, the first Father's Day celebration was held in Spokane, Washington, at the YMCA by the daughter of a Civil War veteran by his daughter. Sonora Smart Dodd was so grateful for her father, William Jackson Smart, who raised his six children all on his own. Just the year before, Mother’s Day had become an annual celebration within churches. Sonora encouraged local pastors to offer the same for fathers. To give themselves time to prepare sermons for the first Father’s Day, the churches picked the third Sunday of June and the rest is history.
Celebrate Dad Colorado-style!
Those of us fortunate enough to live in Colorado have endless options for making Father’s Day special for our Dad or partner. Here are a few examples.
1) Buy him some peanuts and cracker jacks.
The baseball season is in full swing. On Sunday, June 21 you can take him to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (our minor league team) game against the New Orleans Zephyrs. Or head to Denver as the Colorado Rockies finish their 3-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers (first 10,000 fans receive a free Rockies Father’s Day baseball cap).
2) Lace up the running shoes!
For the exercise-nut dad, why not do a fun run? There are Father’s Day 5Ks happening all over the state. The Father’s Day Classic in Arvada is a favorite. The Too Hot To Trot in Greely actually donates all of its proceeds to fathers with cancer.
3) Kick back with some live music.
Summer is Colorado’s excuse to throw free outdoor concerts. Denver’s City Park Jazz is always a great option (jazz musician Nelson Rangell performs on Father’s Day). Or head to the mountains for the annual Rocky Mountain Irish Festival in Estes Park.
4) FORE! Go golf.
If Dad doesn’t have a golf membership, there are plenty of great public courses. Larkspur’s Golf Club at Bear Dance is considered the best overall public course in Colorado (they’re throwing their annual Beach Party the night before Father’s Day). Raven Golf Club at Three Peaks in Silverthorne also consistently gets raving reviews!
5) Do a brew or food tour!
The new Breckinridge Brewery in Littleton is opening its doors on Father’s Day! This world-class, $36 million campus will be a mecca for all beer connoisseurs!