a son and father hugging on another on father's day

We’re All About Dad! Happy Father’s Day.

SUNDAY, JUNE 21 at 2:30 p.m.
Start gathering at 2 p.m

We’re all about dad on Father’s Day. From grandfathers to uncles and husbands, we’re treating all dads to a spirited parade in front of Wesley Court. So don your parade attire. Decorate your vehicles. And get revved up with your friends and family to surprise your dad with something special.

Father’s Day celebrations are just one of the many ways we treat our residents to make them feel extra special. Our Boiling Springs, South Carolina assisted living community was designed to make seniors’ days more rewarding. Engaging activities, fun-loving social events and interesting programs are always on the weekly calendar. Our home-cooked meals use local ingredients and we cater to residents’ tastes, while our beauty and barber shop keep you looking and feeling your best.

What is Father’s Day? How Did It Originate?

The nation’s first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, in Spokane, Washington. However, it was not until 1972, 58 years after President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day official, that the day honoring fathers became a nationwide holiday in the United States.

It originated when a young woman, Sonora Smart Dodd, was in church listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in May of 1909. Dodd’s mother had died in childbirth and her father had singlehandedly raised the newborn and his five other children. That following year, Sonora Dodd wanted to celebrate Father’s Day on June 5, her father’s birthday. The Spokane mayor needed more time to arrange the festivities so he pushed the day back and the first Father’s Day was celebrated two weeks later.

While Congress officially declared the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day in 1914, after it was first celebrated on May 10, 1908, it took much longer for Father’s Day to be legally recognized as an official holiday. But thanks to Dodd’s celebration, Father’s Day steadily gained popularity.

In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge announced he supported it, in order to establish closer relationships between fathers and their children and to impress upon fathers the full measure of their obligations, according to the Library of Congress. 

5 Recommended Quarantine Father’s Day Gifts.

The best Father’s Day gifts are often not material in nature at all. It’s the gift of time. This year is different than most though. On a typical Father’s Day, you might take your dad out to a sports game, matinee, musical performance or restaurant buffet. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, this year it may be harder to express your gratitude for dads in person. We’ve rounded up a few ideas for the holiday to still feel like a celebration while adhering to social distancing guidelines.

  1. Organize a Zoom or FaceTime chat with family members and dad.
  2. Record the kids or grandkids performing a song or skit designed with dad in mind.
  3. Organize a beer tasting. He may not be able to visit his favorite craft brewery, but he can still enjoy the taste of the offerings in his residence at our assisted living community. Pick up a beer tasting flight in advance for you both, and join him on FaceTime to experience it together from your own home.
  4. Experience his bucket list. Hop on the phone with him to explore the sights and places virtually over your computers. Have him prepare his bucket list of places ahead of time, and come prepared with the websites of the places for you both to explore while on FaceTime together.
  5. Drop off food from his favorite restaurant or a fresh-baked dessert from a popular bakery.

One thing is certain this Father’s Day: You can be confident your dad is safe and being cared for in a community with a genuine sense of belonging. Please join us on Father’s Day for our drive-through parade!