Fathers Day In The USA

He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.

Odds & Ends

Father's Day is a day of commemoration and celebration of Dad. It is a day to not only honor your father, but all men who have acted as a father figure in your life - whether as Stepfathers, Uncles, Grandfathers, or "Big Brothers."

Here for your entertainment are fun Holiday things for you, your dad and your family. We've got some stories to read, holiday craft gift ideas, pictures for the kids to color, and recipes to make!

Father's Day is celebrated in the US on Sunday, June 15, 2008. Other Countries celebrate throughout the year.

A Proclamation By the President of the United States of America, G. W. Bush

On Father's Day, we reflect on the many ways that fathers contribute to the lives of their children with spoken words and unspoken kindness.

Fathers are one of the most important influences in the lives of children, and their unconditional love is an indispensable anchor of certainty and strength. By placing their family's well-being above their own, fathers provide children with an example of what it means to be a responsible person. Through unwavering devotion and daily sacrifice, fathers work to create an environment where children are protected and encouraged. Fathers instill in their children an understanding of right and wrong and help them to grow in confidence and character. These dedicated men strive to give their sons and daughters the necessary foundation to make good choices and lead lives of purpose.

On Father's Day and throughout the year, we honor the men who have taken on the great joy and responsibility of fatherhood, and we celebrate their extraordinary impact and influence. All Americans are especially grateful to the many fathers who are serving their country as members of the Armed Forces, and we lift them and their loved ones up in prayer.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, in accordance with a joint resolution of the Congress approved April 24, 1972, as amended (36 U.S.C. 109), do hereby proclaim June 17, 2007, as Father's Day. I encourage all Americans to express admiration and appreciation to fathers for their many contributions to our Nation's children. I direct the appropriate officials of the Government to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on this day. I also call upon State and local governments and citizens to observe this day with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this eleventh day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand seven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-first.

Poems & Letters

A Dad is a person
who is loving and kind,
And often he knows
what you have on your mind.
He's someone who listens,
suggests, and defends.
A dad can be one
of your very best friends!
He's proud of your triumphs,
but when things go wrong,
A dad can be patient
and helpful and strong
In all that you do,
a dad's love plays a part.
There's always a place for him
deep in your heart.
And each year that passes,
you're even more glad,
More grateful and proud
just to call him your dad!
Thank you, Dad...
for listening and caring,
for giving and sharing,
but, especially, for just being you!
Happy Father's Day.

Dad's Get Letters

Dear Dad,

$chool i$ really great. I am making lot$ of friend$ and $tudying very hard. With all my $tuff, I $imply can't think of anything I need, $o if you would like, you can ju$t $end me a card, a$ I would love to hear from you.

Love, Your $on

The Reply:(to the above)

Dear Son,

I kNOw that astroNOmy, ecoNOmics, and oceaNOgraphy are eNOugh to keep even an hoNOr student busy. Do NOt forget that the pursuit of kNOwledge is a NOble task, and you can never study eNOugh.


Did You Know?

Did you know that there are 64.3 million fathers in America?

Did you know that in families where the mother works outside of the home, 14% of fathers are full-time stay-at-home dads?

Did you know that nearly a quarter of all married dads have three or more children living at home?

Did you know that one in five single parents with primary custody is a dad? Did you know that 31% of them are due child support from their child's mother?

Did you know that 11% of Dads are stepdads, living full-time with their spouse's children? Did you know that 85% of Dads live only with their biological children?

Did you know two-thirds of children under the age of six eat dinner with their dads every day?

Did you know that six out ten children under the age of six were praised at least three times a day by their fathers?

Did you know that one in twelve men serving in the army are dads?

Did you know that one in four dads who work outside the home spend less than an hour a day with their kids?

And did you know that 38% of working dads say they would take a pay cut to spend more time with their kids?