When Is Father's Day in 2021? Here's What to Know

Rebekah Lowin
·2 min read

If you're feeling at all sheepish about wondering, "When is Father's Day?"—well, don't be. For starters, summer snuck up just about everyone this year. There probably isn't a single person out there who hasn't felt equally bewildered looking at a 2021 calendar. What is time, even?!

But even with everyone's internal calendar being a bit off, the date of the holiday can be very, very tricky to nail down: It does, in fact, fall on a different day of June each year.

See? Your confusion is totally warranted.

Of course, if you're planning on ordering the perfect, cowboy-approved Father's Day gift in time for the big day, you're going to have to plan ahead. (Well, unless you're Ree Drummond, whose own husband, Ladd, is satisfied with a delicious Father's Day dinner. "He honestly would rather have a plate of delicious food than any material possession in the world," Ree says.)

For everyone else, having all the information way in advance is never a bad idea. Read on for the date of this year's Father's Day celebration, plus some fun facts about the history of this special holiday.

Photo credit: Buff Strickland
Photo credit: Buff Strickland

When is Father's Day in 2021?

You've still got time: Father's Day is on Sunday, June 20, 2021 this year. All the better to plan out a fabulous, grilling-centric menu in his honor...or brush up on your favorite (and most cringe-worthy) dad jokes.

Does Father's Day change every year?

The date changes, yes! As you learned today, Father's Day always falls on the third Sunday in June—which means its actual date changes year to year. For instance, last year, it fell on the 21st of June, and the year before that, it fell on June 16.

What is the history of Father's Day?

Father's Day in the U.S. has a fairly straightforward backstory (unlike Mother's Day, which isn't quite as cut-and-dry). The only fact that might surprise you? The holiday was dreamt up by a woman! According to History.com, the celebration of Father's Day as we know it today was spearheaded a woman named Sonora Smart Dodd in 1909. She "tried to establish an official equivalent to Mother’s Day for male parents," and it wasn't long before she won support from local businesses and beyond. On June 19, 1910, the first-ever Father's Day was celebrated in the state of Washington.