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Father’s Day: Time to Put Dad First

Each June, families recognize dads, dads-to-be, grandfathers, and others who fill the shoes of a "dad" on Father’s Day. Honor your hero with your time, good eating and exercise fun with a little help from Giant Eagle®!
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Honor dad and enjoy some healthy fun!

Eat

Naturally meals take center stage in holiday celebrations. Stock up on all the foods and drinks you’ll need at
Giant Eagle®.

  • Grill delicious kabobs, chicken, ribs, steak, burgers, shrimp, salmon or other fish and even vegetables. Add a salad and hearty bread and for a healthy meal that will make dad smile. Of course don’t forget your Father’s Day cake.
  • Invite the family, friends and neighbor to a group celebration. Let the kids take charge of menu planning, cooking, serving and cleanup.
  • Prepare a picnic lunch and visit to a local park or favorite place.
  • Not time or desire to cook? Consider catering or prepared foods — you'll find the delicious party foods you need with Giant Eagle Prepared Foods.
  • Treat dad to one of our finest local, national, microbrews and premium beers available at select locations.

Exercise

Honor dad and enjoy some healthy fun!

  • Plan a bowling party, a golf outing, take a hike or join dad in his favorite activity.
  • Let his inner warrior shine with paintball fun or backyard badminton, volleyball or kickball.
  • Pick a date for a family run, walk or a bike event! Invite friends to join in the fun.

Enjoy

Spend the day with dad and have some fun or treat him to favorite gift items!

  • Enjoy the day at a local attraction like the zoo, museum, concert, sporting event, or car show.
  • Visit family or friends or surprise dad with a trip to one of his favorite hang-outs! Gift cards can make it easier to buy the gas and pay for the extras.
  • Create a gift basket with his favorite foods and beverages, books, sports team gear and gift cards. Let Giant Eagle create a fun gift basket with for you with your special gifts. If you are pressed for time, look for one of our ready-made gift baskets.


History of Father’s Day

In 1909 Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington began her campaign for a national day to recognize fathers. Inspired by a Mother’s Day sermon, she was moved to honor her widowed father had raised Sonora and her five siblings following her mother’s death in childbirth.

Due to her diligence, the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) supported her cause and celebrated the first Father’s Day in Spokane in 1910. Popularity for the holiday slowly gained steam across the country and in 1966 President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation designating the third Sunday in June as Father's Day. Subsequently, President Richard M. Nixon established Father's Day as an official holiday.