CHARLOTTE – Father’s Day weekend is right around the corner. Each year the day is observed on the third Sunday of June. This year, the special day will be observed on Sunday, June 19. We have been honoring fatherhood in the United States since 1910. The holiday was founded by Sonora Smart Dodd, the daughter of William Jackson Smart, who was an American Civil War veteran. While the holiday was not always nationally observed — for years between 1910 and the 1970s the observation of the day faded in and out — it was President Nixon that established the permanent observance nationally in 1972. In 1974 Sonora Smart Dodd was honored and announced as the founder at Expo 74 at the World’s Fair in Spokane.
Celebrating fatherhood with the great men that surround us is a wonderful way to honor their contributions to our lives. Around town and in the city, there are many ways to celebrate.
5th Annual Cause Father’s Day Cruise and Car Show hosted by Jekyll & Hyde’s Taphouse. They donate 100% of the profits to local Veterans. The event will start at the Matthews location (316 N Trade Street, Matthews, NC) and will consist of a car show, then a cruise from the Matthews location to their Belmont location (10 E. Catawba St, Belmont, NC). The event is rain or shine, arrival starts at 9:00 am, staging will begin at 10:00 am, and the car show runs from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm followed by the cruise to the Belmont location at 2:30 pm. Trophies (Best in Show, etc.) will be awarded at 2:00 pm at the Matthews location and 3:00 pm in Belmont. The event will also include live music in Matthews from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm and in Belmont from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. To register for the event and for more information visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/5th-annual-fathers-day-cruise-for-a-cause-tickets-341232213737?aff=ebdssbdestsearch.
Father’s Day BBQ at Brewers at 4001 Yancey on June 19 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. 4001 Yancey is inviting all to join in a Rad Dad BBQ. The event will feature live music from George Banda at 2:00 pm. They offer locally inspired beers with award-winning food along with well-known Victory, Southern Tier, Sixpoint, and Bold Rock ciders and beers. Come out and join them for a great time to celebrate the special men in your life. Information can be found at https://visit.brewersat4001yancey.com/brewers-at-4001-yancey-7bb680a34d32#events.
“Gone Fishing” hosted by Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s is a free event that will take place June 18 and 19 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. The event features an opportunity to fish in a catch-and-release pond. Each child will go receive a “First Fish” certificate to take home. There will also be free crafts, free photos (with free downloads), and a free scavenger hunt for the whole family to enjoy together. This is a great opportunity to introduce kids to fishing and for the family to enjoy time together.
Father’s Day 5K will be held on June 19 in South Charlotte. This is a new tradition to the start off the day and an awesome way to celebrate all the dads you know. The event is designed to celebrate both dads and to-be-dads, but everyone is encouraged to join in on the fun. The event is for the whole family and will include face painting, a bouncy house, and a station for making cards or signs. The race location is 12630 N Community House Rd, Charlotte, NC, 28277, and the race starts at 8:00 am with the 5k dash. There will also be a Kids Dash at 9:15 am. Registration is required. To register and learn more about the event, visit https://runsignup.com/Race/Info/NC/Charlotte/FathersDay5Kcharlotte.