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When is Father's Day in 2022? Everything to know about Dad's special day

Show up to your family gathering with these facts about the holiday's history.

Dads have it made. They get an entire day devoted to them at the very start of summer, so the whole family can join in on the Father's Day fun (think: backyard barbecues, baseball games and beach days).

They totally deserve the love, especially given all that they do to dry our tears, ease our fears and fix whatever needs fixin'. That's exactly why we celebrate our favorite guys with DIY Father’s Day gifts, fun activities for the whole family and home-cooked dinners made with love.

If you find yourself asking "When is Father's Day in 2022," you're not alone. After all, the actual date of Father's Day changes from year to year, making it tricky to remember exactly which Sunday it falls on.

Whatever you do, you definitely don't want to forget to wish your dad, stepdad, father-in-law, or grandpa a "Happy Father's Day" with a cool Father's Day gift, which, according to experts, might cost you a few extra pennies this year.

But that's OK considering we only officially recognized Father's Day a few decades ago (even though moms have had their own day since 1914), so we've got some lost time to make up for.

Below, we've answered all of your top Father's Day questions, including how and when you should celebrate this year.

When is Father’s Day in 2022?

This year, Father's Day is celebrated on Sunday, June 19, 2022. So, don't waste any time planning the perfect Father's Day for your special guy since it'll be here before you know it. If you're thinking of spending the weekend away or treating him to a Father’s Day brunch, go ahead and book a reservation ASAP. (And hey, score these Father's Day freebies and food deals while you're at it!)

Does the Father's Day date change every year?

It sure does! While Father’s Day is always celebrated on the third Sunday in June each year, it doesn’t always land on the exact same date. For example, Father’s Day falls on Sunday, June 19 this year, but it was celebrated on June 18 in 2021. Looking ahead, Father's Day will fall on June 18 in 2023 (again).

Why is Father's Day celebrated in June?

More than a century ago, Sonora Dodd, who was raised by her father after her mother died, encouraged local churches in Spokane, Washington (her hometown), to honor fathers as a result of everything her own dad did for her.

Dodd asked that the recognition occur in June, the same month as her father’s birthday. The churches obliged and the first unofficial Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910 — but it wasn't made official until decades later.

What is the history of Father’s Day?

While we obviously love our dads, we haven't always celebrated them — officially, of course.

Sonora Dodd is credited with organizing the first-ever Father's Day in 1910, but it wasn’t until 1972 that President Richard Nixon signed a proclamation to recognize Father’s Day an official American holiday.

President Calvin Coolidge acknowledged the observance in 1924, followed by President Lyndon B. Johnson, who proclaimed the day as Father's Day in 1966. But it wasn't made official until President Nixon came along.

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How much do Americans spend on Father’s Day?

It may have taken awhile to put Father's Day on the map, but now that it is, everyone goes all out to show their dad, stepdad, grandpa and other father figures just how much they mean to them.

According to the National Retail Federation, Americans plan to spend a record-breaking $20 billion in 2022, outpacing 2021 by nearly $3 billion.

Whether it's online or at retail stores, the average shopper is expected to shell out around $174 on Father's Day gifts, roughly $26 more than last year.

What are they spending their money on? The NRF says that the top Father's Day gifts are clothes, special outings, gift cards and greeting cards (psst, save some money and make these homemade Father’s Day card ideas instead).