Weekends in June are filled with purpose-this one we honor Dad and #familytime on Father’s Day Weekend in Connecticut!

Father’s Day, as we celebrate it today, was conceptualized by Ms. Sonora Smart Dodd, a loving daughter from Spokane. It so happened that Sonora attended a Mother’s Day Sermon in 1909 and she was struck with the noble idea that society must observe a day to honor the important contribution made by father in the raising of children. Encouraged by the love of her father, William Smart, a civil war veteran who single-handedly raised her along with her five siblings after the death of her mother, Sonora worked hard to make her concept a reality. The noble idea of celebrating Father’s Day soon spread across the nation – it was recognized by a Joint Resolution of Congress in 1956. Finally, in 1972 President Nixon established Father’s Day as a permanent national day of observance on the third Sunday of June.

Friday, 6/16

Goshen Stampede starts today with a lot of action including rodeos and demolition derbys, three-day music festival, truck, pulls, fireworks, petting zoo, great food, vendors and much more family fun events through Sunday.

Saturday, 6/17

Head to Stonington’s New England Science & Sailing Foundation (NESS) for a fun, family-oriented celebration with food, lots of free activities including sailing, kayaking, and stand up paddle boarding. *FREE*

Vintage Motorcar Festival at Klingberg Family Centers in New Britain annual fundraiser is a family-friendly event with activities for children and great food. Vintage music and oldies, entertainment, with Fred Astaire dancers, too.

Midsummer Fantasy Renaissance Faire starts it’s three-week celebration in Ansonia.
FREE Admission for Dad (with paid child admission) at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island – make a daytrip then go to WaterFire!
Strawberry Festivals in Canton, Cheshire, East Hampton *FREE Admission*  Read more about Strawberries in CT

Sunday, 6/18 FATHER’S DAY

Airplane exploration at New England Air Museum during Father’s Day Open Cockpit!

FREE Admission for Dad at Connecticut Trolley Museum, Windsor or the Science Center, Hartford

Branford Road Race and Celebration at the Stony Creek Brewery could become dad’s annual favorite.

Take Dad on a special one hour Daytime Cruise 1/2 price on the beautiful lower Connecticut River aboard RiverQuest: 11:00am, 12:30pm and 2:00pm. Wednesday, June 21 is the Full Moon Summer Solstice Cruise

It’s Rose Weekend at Elizabeth Park, Hartford.

Music for the Summer Solstice at Hollister House Garden in Washington at 4 p.m.  For more Summer Solstice ideas read our post!

ENTER TO WIN 4 tickets LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester this weekend Saturday, June 17 or Sunday, June 18!

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