115 Happy Birthday Dad Wishes, Quotes & Messages

The best ways for saying "Happy Birthday, Dad!" that are timeless as he is.

Last updated: May 10, 2024 by Jack

Before kids, my birthdays were all about me. I could do what I wanted, consume what I wanted, and spend time with whoever I wanted. Usually this meant golf, whiskey, and my friends.

But now that I’m married and have two kids, birthdays aren't just about me anymore. Instead of hanging out with my friends, I now look forward to spending that special day with my family. My favorite moment is opening the birthday cards with personalized “Happy Birthday Dad” messages. That and the cake. 😉

happy birthday dad dinner party

For many of us, our fathers are an indispensable guiding force throughout our lives - I certainly hope I am for my kids. Dads cheer us up when we're down and help us figure out our problems. Maybe your dad tucked you into bed and comforted you when you had bad dreams. Or, maybe he's always protected you and offered support through the ups and downs of growing up. He probably thinks he's a comedian with the absolute worst dad jokes that still manage to brighten your days. And let's not forget the thoughtful and serious dads who are always ready with good advice and wisdom.

You know better than I do what makes your dad unique. So, for his birthday, while you're preparing to indulge in all his favorite things, wish him well in a way that appreciates just how special he is.

We've collected our favorite wishes, quotes, poems, and image quotes to help you say "Happy Birthday Dad" for your dad or father-in-law. Jump around with these quick-links, or scroll down through the collection.

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Short & Simple Birthday Wishes for Your Dad

Let your dad know you're thinking about him on his special day with one of these simple birthday wishes for fathers. They are short and sweet "Happy Birthday Dad" messages and are perfect for a greeting card or a text.

Happy Birthday to the World's Best Dad!

Dad, you're an oldie but goodie. Happy Birthday from one of your greatest hits!

I wish you the best birthday for the most wonderful dad!

Happy Birthday to the man who vanquished all the monsters under the bed and in the closet. Thank you for always making me feel safe!

It's not easy being a father, but you do it with class and style. Happy Birthday to the dad who can do it all.

All your life, you've worked towards making our wishes come true. Today, it's your turn to make some wishes. Happy Birthday, Dad!

Happy Birthday, Dad! You've given me so many amazing gifts in life, particularly these excellent genetics. Here's a little something I found for you.

It's your birthday, and I wish we could spend more time together. I look forward to the next chance I get to see you. Until then, keep smiling and enjoy your day!

With your elbow grease and worn-out boots, you never failed to put us first. Happy Birthday to the best father in the world! Take a break and let us do some of the work today.

Hey Dad, It's your birthday! Time to grab a beer, blow out some candles, and let your family shower you with gifts!

Dad, if you got a trophy for every one of your great accomplishments, you'd need to build some more shelves! I'm always proud to call you my father. Happy Birthday!

Dear Dad, I hope you know how much you really mean to me. Thank you so much for everything. Happy Birthday!

Dad, you may be growing another year older, but remember that you are only as old as you feel. Today's your special day, so party it up like you're 21! (or even 51!)

Happy Birthday Dad! May all your fish be big, your beers stay cold, and your sports teams have a winning season!

How old are you today? No way! You wear your years well! Someday, I hope to age half as well as you, Dad. Happy Birthday!

To the best man I know. Happy Birthday Dad!

Heartfelt Birthday Wishes for Your Dad

Let your dad know just how much you love and appreciate him with one of these beautiful and heartfelt birthday messages.

To my dearest Dad: You are my compass. Thanks for always showing me the right path and for guiding me in the right direction. Happy Birthday, I love you.

Dad, you mean the world to me. There's no one else on earth like you. You care so completely, give so quietly, and love so deeply. As the years pass, I realize more and more just how lucky I am to have a dad as wonderful as you. Happy Birthday.

Whenever I would fall, you were there to pick me up and put me back on the right path. Without you, I wouldn't be where I am today. Happy Birthday Dad, with all my love.

As trees grow older, their limbs and branches spread out in all directions. Just like a tree, every year you live means there are more and more people whose lives you've touched. I'm always proud to see your strong influence on the world around you. Thank you for being a wonderful father and a good man.

Dear Dad, on your birthday, I want you to know that you are truly an inspiration, friend, and teacher to all of us. Thank you for giving the kind of love that makes all the difference.

Happiest Birthday Daddy! Thank you for everything that you have given me. You've always been there for me as a dad and best friend as well. There is no other bond like ours. I love you Dad!

Dear Dad, I always wanted to grow up to be just like you. And even now, years later, I still haven't changed my mind. Your strength and love are amazing to see, and I aspire to live up to your example with my own kids. Happy Birthday!

I miss the days when your strong shoulders seemed like the highest place on earth. But, Dad, no matter how much time passes or how old I become, you will always be my Superman! Happy Birthday.

Your belief in me and your love help me to feel stronger and braver every day. Thank you for the blessings you have given me throughout my life. Today, on your birthday, I hope you get the chance to be surrounded by those who love you. Happy Birthday Dad.

Dad, your light guides this family and holds us together. As you get older, I want you to know that I am there for you too, through thick and thin. On your special day, relax and forget your worries.

When people say, 'the apple doesn't fall far from the tree,' I tell them that's the best compliment I could ever get. Someday, I hope to grow as strong and wise as you. I hope your birthday is filled with happiness!

We may be miles apart, but we're always connected. Dad, you've always been one of the most important people in my life! Have an incredible day!

happy birthday dad cooking with daughter piggyback

Birthday Wishes for Dad from His Daughter

The relationship between a father and his daughter is so precious and special. A birthday is a great time to thank your dad for all he does for you while letting him know just how much you love and care about him.

To the best Uber driver, the most effective spider hunter, the cheapest handyman, and the most generous bank I know. Happy Birthday Dad!

Dad, thank you for teaching me how to be a man, even though I'm your daughter. 🤣 Happy Birthday!

Dad, we're both getting older, but I will always be your little girl. Happy Birthday!

Thanks for always treating me like a princess, Pops! Happy Birthday with many more to come! I love you.

Dad [noun].
1. The one who is there for you no matter what and who wants his little girl to grow up happy.
2. The one who conspires with you to hide broken stuff from Mom.
3. The one who gives great advice.
4. He protects you, calls you ridiculous nicknames, and makes you laugh.
5. The most amazing person in the world.
See also: Superman, Best Friend

As the author John Sinor once said, "It is admirable for a man to take his son fishing, but there is a special place in heaven for the father who takes his daughter shopping." Happy Birthday, Dad, and thanks for being that rare man for me!

Thanks for putting up with me through my terrible toddler years, my angst-filled teenage years, and all the dumb things I did in my twenties. The best gift I can give you is to live my best life, just as you taught me. Happy Birthday, Dad!

It doesn't matter how many years go by. In my mind, you'll always be that same amazing person who taught me how to ride a bike, helped me with my homework, and scared away the monsters in my room. Happy Birthday to a dad who's young at heart!

They say that from the instant he lays eyes on her, a father adores his daughter. Whoever she grows up to be, she is always to him that little girl in pigtails. Dad, today I want to return the favor. To me, you will always be young, strong, and wise. Happy Birthday, Daddy.

Distance is the one enemy I've never learned from you how to conquer. Happy Birthday Dad, you're only getting better with age.

I know that you're off doing all sorts of brilliant things. Maybe it's selfish, but I still wish you were home to celebrate your birthday with us. It's going to be a party when you come home!

Birthday Wishes for Dad from His Son

Let your dad know just how great you think he is with one of these birthday message ideas. From heartfelt to hilarious, they capture some of the magic of the relationship between a son and his dad. The only thing better is buying him lunch after a round of golf.

Some people call their fathers superheroes. But superheroes tend to disappear, and you've always been there for me. If you ask me, you are not a superhero, you are a Super Dad! Happy Birthday.

Dad, your birthday seems like the perfect time to thank you for all those times you didn't tell Mom... Just know you've got a lot of favors you can call in.

You always told me that I could do the impossible, if only I tried hard enough. That's why I can live the amazing life I do. You inspire me to be brave enough to achieve my goals. Happy Birthday Dad, and thank you for everything you do!

I'm looking forward to cooking out with you on your birthday. There's no one else I'd rather share a beer around the grill with than you. Happy Birthday Dad!

You always taught me to appreciate the outdoors, not knowing just how important this would become to me. Thanks, Dad, for being such an important part of my life. May we celebrate many more birthdays together!

Though I'm still young, I already appreciate all the love that you've given me. Thank you for teaching me the things that I need to know. You're my hero and my guide. Happy Birthday Dad!

Another year older? You don't look a day over 30, Pops. Here’s to celebrating many more birthdays together!

Dear Dad, we haven't always seen eye-to-eye, but that's what makes our relationship even more special. Today for your birthday I wish you all the best!

Hey Dad, I got a present for you. I stole your To-Do list from Mom. All you need to do is rip it up. Just don't tell Mom, okay? Happy Birthday!

Thanks, Dad, for putting up with me through the hard times. If it weren’t for you, I wouldn't have made it through. You taught me what it means to be a man, a father, and a good person. I'll always be thankful for your example and advice. Happy Birthday.

Dad, even though I'm far away now, I'm always thinking of you. It's impossible to express in one card the incredible influence you've had on my life. Thanks for being my rock and support. Hoping you have a very special day!

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Funny Birthday Wishes for Your Dad

Dad, I don't think a lighter will do the job this birthday. You might need a flamethrower to light all these candles. Happy Birthday, Old Man!

You're like scotch, always getting better with age. Hold your horses, I didn't get you any scotch. It was just a metaphor. Well, anyway, Happy Birthday!

You know what they say: Real heroes don't wear capes, they make bad puns. Thank you for being a real hero (and never wearing a cape). Happy Birthday, Dad!

Dad, you've always been the coolest. Like all those times you said "yes" when mom said "no." Happy Birthday, Cool Dad!

Fact: Dads are notoriously difficult to buy gifts for. Instead, just enjoy this card I bought for you, and feel the joy of having me as your child. Happy Birthday Dad!

Wear your gray hairs proudly, Dad. Each one is a memory of how terrible I was as a child - you earned them! Happy Birthday.

Don't worry dad, you're not going bald, you're just becoming more aerodynamic! Happy Birthday!

I remember all the sage advice you've given me throughout the years. Like the fact that we can pick our friends and we can pick our nose. But we can't pick our dad or his nose. Happy Birthday Dad, never change!

Happy Birthday Dad! If you want, I'll create a distraction so you can sneak off and get some gaming in. Cheers!

Dad, I know you have the heart of a child. But stop trying to steal a bite of the cake before we sing Happy Birthday.

You always say that 'back in your day' everything was so much better, when you could buy a hamburger for a nickel or whatever. Unfortunately, we couldn't get you a time machine for your birthday, but we did get you burgers. Free sure beats a nickel! HBD Dad!

It takes an amazing dad to raise such a ridiculously great kid. Happy Birthday Dad, I couldn't have grown up to be so humble without you!

Thank you for all the piggyback rides, all the times you pretended to be a horse, and all the times you threw me into the air and caught me. Your body might be regretting it now, but it made for a wonderful childhood. Happy Birthday Dad!

Happy Birthday to the raddest, most tubular, least square, ummm hippest... Hey Dad, are any of these from your generation? Happy Birthday Dad. Great fathers are timeless!

You're not getting older... just more distinguished! Happy Birthday!

Better "over the hill" than under it. Happy Birthday!

Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live. Happy Birthday!

Don't count your candles. Just enjoy the glow. Happy Birthday Dad!

If I knew how to teleport, I'd be at your side right now wishing you a happy birthday. Whenever you have a quiet moment today, know that I'm thinking of you.

Another year older and your wit never gets old. I don't have to see you in person to appreciate your fun sense of humor. Cheers on your birthday, Dad! Miss you.

Wish I could be there to hang out with you on your birthday. But, on the bright side, you finally get some peace and quiet! Miss you and love you, Dad.

Happy Birthday Wishes for Your Father-In-Law

Wish your dad-in-law a fabulous birthday with one of these sweet and simple Happy Birthday wishes for fathers-in-law.

I'm wishing the best birthday to the coolest dad-in-law! Today, take your time to relax and enjoy the rest of the day. Do what you love and have a great day!

Great guys deserve to have great birthdays. Hope today's the best.

If I had known how great a father-in-law you would be, I would have married your daughter earlier than I did. That would have given me more time with an extraordinary and amazing father-in-law like you. Happy Birthday!

A lot of things have changed over the years, but you're still the same amazing and compassionate person you've always been. I'm glad to have a father-in-law like you. I wish you all the best on your special day and may God bless you with more birthdays to come.

Thank you for being a second father to me. It's comforting to know that I can always turn to you whenever I'm in need. Happy Birthday Papa 2.0!

You've cared for me so much that people mistake you for my own father. Now that it's your big day, it's my turn to do the same for you. Have a wonderful birthday, Daddy-in-law!

Thanks for being an awesome father-in-law. May God bless you more with good health, joy, love, and good fortune. Happy Birthday!

Today is a good day to express how grateful I am to have a wonderful Father-in-law who's much cooler than I am. You set a great example for me to measure up to. Happy Birthday Father-in-law!

Have an amazing birthday, from your son/daughter-in-law. I hope your day is as wonderful and special as you are!

It's no wonder my [wife / husband] turned out so awesome. With a father like you, how could [she / he] not? Cheers on your birthday!

happy birthday dad golfing with dad and granddad

Happy Birthday Wishes for Grandpa (From the Grandkids)

Dads don’t stop being dads when their kids grow up, they just become grandpas! Celebrate your father with a message from your kids to their grandfather. Let them know that they are loved by multiple generations.

All my life, I've been lucky to have the world’s best dad. Now, I count myself doubly lucky, since my kids have the world’s best granddad. Happy Birthday, Dad, we love you!

Happy birthday, Grandpa! Mommy told me how old you are but I can’t count that high yet. I’ll just write 30.

You're the best father-in-law I could hope for. Our children love having you as their grandpa. Have a wonderful birthday and many more!

Distance might prevent us from seeing you on your birthday, but it can't stop us from celebrating! Let's do a video call! Happy Birthday, Grandpa!

Grandpa, just because I'm not there to eat cake with you right now doesn't mean I'm not with you. You've always been there to guide me throughout the years. Have an amazing celebration today! I can't wait to see you again.

Happy Birthday Dad Wishes for a Difficult Relationship

Many people have complicated relationships with their father. Reaching out on your dad's birthday can be a step toward patching up a difficult relationship. A kind message can let him know that you're thinking of him despite the tough times.

We may have not seen each other in a while, Dad, and even though we've grown apart, I'll never forget where I came from. I hope you have a wonderful birthday surrounded by friends and loved ones.

Dad, even though we've never been close before, I'm very glad that we're making the effort to get to know each other. Have some extra cake and ice cream for me!

I know that a lot has come between us, but I'm still hoping you have the best birthday. Maybe someday we can get together and catch up on things. Until then, Happy Birthday, Dad!

Our relationship is complicated, but that's nothing new. I do love you, and I'm thinking of you as you celebrate another year. Hope you are well!

Let's be honest, Dad, we've had a difficult relationship up until now. Today I want to set that aside. I won't forget all that we've been through, but I'd like to start anew and build a fresh relationship moving forward. Give me a call. Happy Birthday, wishing you the best.

Dear Dad, even though we haven't talked in a while, I'm still hoping that you have a wonderful birthday filled with happiness and love.

It's days like today that make me regret how we no longer speak. I still think of you often. Hope you enjoy your birthday.

Dear Dad, I know that we don't know each other that well. This year, I am hoping that we can change that. Maybe this year we can find a way to connect.

happy birthday dad playing games with son

Birthday Poems for Dad

These funny, sweet, and sentimental poems make great additions to a greeting card message for your dad. Use them to express gratitude and appreciation for all your dad does.

Dad, your days are full of loving deeds,
As you satisfy your family's needs,
Today, tomorrow, and my whole life through,
I'll always love and cherish you.

Daddy, I love you more than the stars in the sky
More than the fish in the sea,
More than the trees in the forest.
Daddy, you mean the world to me.

Beer and brawn,
Always mowing the lawn,
Dad you can never do any wrong!
I hope you have a wonderful birthday today.

Your footsteps plot my favorite trail,
Without you, life would be dull and pale,
With your guidance, I'm not afraid to fail,
You make life awesome, like a fairy tale.
Happy Birthday Dad!

On your birthday today,
We have memories to make.
Because every other day
You live for others' sake.
May your birthday be bright
From all these candles we light.
Happy Birthday, my dear Dad!

Roses are Red,
Violets are blue,
Happy Birthday Dad,
I’m thinking of you!

Quotations About Fathers

These beautiful and inspirational quotations about fathers capture how special dads truly are! Use them as part of a greeting card message to say Happy Birthday Dad or as part of a post on social media.

When you're young, you think your dad is Superman. Then you grow up, and you realize he's just a regular guy who wears a cape.
~ Unknown
You could add: Stay weird, Dad. Happy Birthday!

Dad. He can play like a kid, give advice like a friend, and protect like a bodyguard.
~ Unknown

A father is neither an anchor to hold us back, nor a sail to take us there, but a guiding light whose love shows us the way.
~ Unknown

Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad.
~ Anne Geddes

A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.
~ Billy Graham

There's no shame in fear, my father told me, what matters is how we face it.
~ George R. R. Martin
You could add: Thanks for always encouraging me to be braver and stronger. Happy Birthday, Dad.

He adopted a role called being a father so that his child would have something mythical and infinitely important: a protector.
~ Tom Wolfe

I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren't trying to teach us. We are formed by the little scraps of wisdom.
~ Umberto Eco
You could add: Happy Birthday to the wisest person I know.

The quality of a father can be seen in the goals, dreams and aspirations he sets not only for himself, but for his family.
~ Reed Markham

Dads are most ordinary men, turned by love into heroes, adventurers, storytellers, and singers of song.
~ Pam Brown

My dad is my best friend, my father, and my boss. When I do something that is exciting and he likes it, it feels three times as good as you can imagine.
~ David Lauren

I love my father as the stars - he's a bright shining example and a happy twinkling in my heart.
~ Terri Guillemets

My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.
~ Jim Valvano

How pleasant it is for a father to sit at his child's board. It is like an aged man reclining under the shadow of an oak which he has planted.
~ Voltaire
You could add: Dad, you've helped me grow. Now, it's your turn to grab some shade and relax on your birthday!

Every father should remember one day his son will follow his example, not his advice.
~ Charles Kettering

More Ways To Say Happy Birthday Dad

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