Happy Father's Day Wishes & Quotes 2023

Last Updated: January 12, 2023

Looking for the right words to wish your dad a Happy Father's Day? The wishes on this page will help you tell your dad (or father figure) how glad you are that he's a part of your life. Fathers come in all forms, from experienced fathers with grown children, to stepdads, new dads, and even those men who have been like a father to you through the years.

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Ever since the Middle Ages in Europe, Father's Day has been a time for people to celebrate the contributions of fathers to families and society. In 1972 Father's Day was made into a national holiday in the USA. It's a lovely tradition and a great excuse to tell your dad how much you care about him.

We've collected our favorite messages, quotes, poems, and more, so you can wish your dad all the best and celebrate him on this special day!

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Messages | Covid/Distance | Funny | From Daughter | From Son | For Husband | For Stepdad/in-law | For Grandpa | For Father Figure | Bible Verses | Poems | Other languages

What should I write in a Father's Day card?

The two things your dad wants to feel on Father's Day are loved and appreciated. Chances are that he's worked hard for you and your family, and he loves you dearly (even if he's not always great at expressing it), so this is a day to say "thank you for all you've done for me" and "I love you". It's as simple as that! So whatever else you say to him today, make sure you include those two sentiments, and you'll make his day.

When is Father's Day 2023?

Father's Day will be celebrated on Sunday, June 18, 2023, in the USA. It is always celebrated on the 3rd Sunday in June in the USA. For other countries, please see the table below.

Country 2023 2024
USA Sun June 18 Sun June 16
UK Sun June 18 Sun June 16
Canada Sun June 18 Sun June 16
Australia Sun Sept 3 Sun Sept 1
South Africa Sun June 18 Sun June 16
India Sun June 18 Sun June 16
Philippines Sun June 18 Sun June 16

Looking for a country that isn't in this list? See the comprehensive list of Worldwide Father's Day on Wikipedia.

Is it Happy Fathers or Father's Day?

The correct spelling is Father's Day - it needs the apostrophe. So, if your dad is a stickler for correct spelling, you can rest easy that he's not going to pick on the spelling of your card message! Also, since Father's Day is a holiday, don't forget that you should always capitalize it.

Happy Father's Day Messages & Wishes

Use one these short and sweet greetings to wish your dad all the best for Father's Day and thank him for all he does for you!

Dad, you are my superhero. I love you so much! Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to the best Dad in the world!

Happy Father's Day to the coolest Dad ever!

To the world's greatest Dad from the world's greatest kids, we hope you have an amazing Father's Day!

Thanks, Dad, for everything you do for us. Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to my wonderful Daddy. I love you to the moon... and back!

Happy Father's Day! Thank you for always being there for us.

Out of all the dads in the world, I think we got the best one! Happy Father's Day.

To the world's best Dad, Happy Father's Day!

Thanks for all the fun times we've shared together. You're such an amazing dad! Happy Father's Day!

Dad, you're the first person I phone when I have a question about something or when I need some good advice. Thanks for always being there for me!

I'm so grateful for all your guidance and wisdom. You really are the best! Happy Father's Day!

Thank you for all the sacrifices you make for our family and all the joy and love you bring into our lives. We couldn't have asked for a better Dad! Happy Father's Day.

Sending you all my love, and I wish I could be there to give you a big bear hug. Happy Father's Day!

I am so lucky to have you as my dad. Thanks for being so wonderful!

Thanks for giving me so much love, attention, and care. You truly are the best Dad! Happy Father's Day.

Thanks for being the coolest dad on the block! Happy Father's Day!

Thank you, Dad, for giving us the best things in life and loving us unconditionally. I am so thankful you're my dad! Happy Father's Day!

I've learned so much from you over the years, Dad. Thanks for being a great role model and helping me grow up into the person I am today. Happy Father's Day!

The older I get, the more I appreciate just how much you have done for me and how many sacrifices you've made. I can't thank you enough! I hope you have a great Father's Day!

Dad, you made our childhood so much fun, and it's full of brilliant memories because of you. Now that we're older, I really appreciate that you're always there to listen and give advice.

I love you, Dad, and I can't thank you enough for all you've done for me. I hope you have a wonderful Father's Day!

Dad, you've taught me so much, and I don't know where I'd be without you in my life. Thanks for believing in me and cheering me on. Love you, Dad!

Dad, you're one in a million! Thanks for standing by me no matter what. Have a great Father's Day!

Papa, you're my hero! I hope I'm half the man you are when I grow up. Thanks for being so awesome!

No one is as caring and hardworking as you are! We are so lucky to call you dad. Thanks for always being there for us.

You're the first person I think of calling when I need a helping hand. Thanks for always being there for me, Dad. You truly are the best!

My life is so much fuller and happier because you're in it, Dad. Thanks for always checking in with me and taking the time to hang out.

Use one of these beautiful quotes about fathers in a Happy Father's Day message to your dad.

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

He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.
~ Clarence B Kelland

It was my father who taught me to value myself. He told me that I was uncommonly beautiful and that I was the most precious thing in his life.
~ Dawn French

See our full collection of Father's Day Messages

Happy Father's Day Messages for 2023 | From a Distance

Coronavirus, stay-at-home orders, and social distancing measures have made 2023 a year to remember for all the wrong reasons. So here are a few Happy Father's Day messages to send your dad if you can't visit him in person this year.

Sending you all my love this Father's Day. We might be apart today, but you're always in my heart. Take care and stay safe in these uncertain times. I miss you!

This card is packed full of virus-free hugs and kisses just for you! I love you so very much and miss you enormously! I hope you have a very happy Father's Day despite this lock-down and that I can see you again soon.

Happy Father's Day, Dad! We might be separated today, but I will get to see you again one day, and it's going to be the best catch-up ever! May you keep strong, stay safe, and take care of yourselves. I miss you!

Happy Father's Day to my amazing dad! Although we're far apart, you're always in my thoughts and prayers. I love you and miss you more than words can say.

Father and child are never truly apart, maybe in distance but never in heart. I miss you every day, Dad, but know you are with me in spirit. I love you and hope you have a great day!

Sending you all my love across the miles. Have a great Father's Day!

Have a great Father's Day today Dad! I'm really looking forward to spending time together when we can next catch up.

Happy Father's Day to my incredible, amazing, wonderful Papa! I miss you and can't wait to see you again one day!

In some cases, distance has created strained relationships. However, even if things are complicated between you and your dad, there are still ways to tell him that he's important on this special day.

Even though we don't always see eye to eye, we're still family. I care about you, and I'm always wishing you well.

I don't know how things became so complicated between us, but I want you to know that I still care about you. I'm forever grateful for you, dad.

It's Father's Day, and I'm thinking of you. Today, I'm remembering all those good times we've had.

I know that our relationship keeps changing, and it's been difficult to find steady ground. Sometimes change can be good, though. We're finding new ways to communicate and understand each other. I hope we keep discovering ways to become even closer.

Funny Father's Day Messages and Quotes

Here are some funny Father's Day messages you could use in a greeting card to your Dad.

You may not know everything, but you sure had me fooled for quite a few years! Happy Father's Day to the smartest Dad in town.

I'm so lucky to have you as my father... I'm sure no one else would have put up with me this long. Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to the world's best Farter!

Dad, thanks for working so hard to pay for the TV that actually raised me!

You taught me so many of the important things I know - including a few choice words for certain situations. Thanks, Pops!

Let's be honest - you wouldn't have this special day if it weren't for me! Happy Father's Day!

Dad, your Father's Day gift is another year of not having to pay for my wedding!

I smile because you are my father. And I laugh because there is nothing you can do about it.

And here are some funny Father's Day quotes about Dads.

If at first you don't succeed, call Dad.
~ Anon

Dads are like chocolate chip cookies; they may have chips or be totally nutty, but they are sweet and make the world a better place.
~ Hillary Lytle

The older I get, the smarter my father seems to get.
~ Tim Russert

Dad taught me everything I know. Unfortunately, he didn't teach me everything he knows.
~ Al Unser

A man knows when he is growing old because he begins to look like his father.
~ Gabriel Garcia Marquez

See our full collection of Father's Day Quotes

Happy Father's Day Messages from Daughter

We know that daughters hold an extra special place in their father's hearts! So here are some happy Father's Day message ideas from daughters that you can use to thank your dad and let him know how special your relationship is.

Every girl dreams about living the life of a princess. I have never dreamed of that because I have always been treated like a princess by you. I love you, Dad. Happy Father's Day.

Someday I will find my Prince, but my daddy will always be my King. Happy Father's Day to the most important man in my life!

Dad, thank you for being there for me and cheering me on! Life seems so much easier when you're there by my side.

Dad, I just can't put into words how much I love you and how much you mean to me. Thanks for always being there and for making me laugh!

Happy Father's Day Dad. You're truly the best dad a girl could ask for! I love that you always make time for me and that you're so encouraging and supportive.

Dad, with you by my side, I feel like I can achieve anything. Thanks for believing in me!

Happy Father's Day to the best dad a daughter could ask for! Thanks for being so awesome!

And here are some cute Father's Day quotes about the relationship between a daughter and her dad.

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.
~ John Sinor

My fingers may be small, but I've got my daddy wrapped around them.

I love how we don't even need to say out loud that I am your favorite child.

And here are several quotes about the role of a father in his daughter's life.

Fathers, be good to your daughters. You are the God and the weight of her world.
~ John Mayer

A man's daughter is his heart. Just with feet, walking out in the world.
~ Mat Johnson

A father's job isn't to teach his daughter how to be a lady. It's to teach her how a lady should be treated.

A father holds his daughter's hand for a short while, but he holds her heart forever.

A daughter may outgrow your lap, but she'll never outgrow your heart.

There's nothing like being a father to a little girl. A daughter can turn the hardest man into the world's biggest softy. A dude could be a straight-up gangster, but around his little girl, he becomes a teddy bear.

A daughter needs a dad to be the standard against which she will judge all men.

To a father growing old, nothing is dearer than a daughter.
~ Euripides

Happy Father's Day Messages from Son

Do you want to thank your dad for being so great, but you're unsure how to say it? These example messages from sons to their fathers might help you find the right words.

Dad, you're someone to look up to no matter how tall I've grown. Thanks for being such a great mentor and buddy. Happy Father's Day!

Thank you for working as hard as you do every day to provide for us. You always make time for me when you're home from work, and I love hanging out with you. I hope you have a great Father's Day.

Now I'm a father myself, I admire you all the more! Thanks for being such a great dad and role model, and now a wonderful grandfather too! Have a great day!

Thanks, Dad, for always making me laugh, cheering me on, and helping me learn how to be a good person. I am so lucky to have you.

Dad, you've sacrificed so much to give me the best start in life and provide me with so many opportunities. I can't thank you enough!

You're the first person I think to phone when I need a hand or want some advice. Thanks for always being there for me.

These Happy Father's Day quotes reflect on the relationship between fathers and sons.

My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.
~ Clarence B. Kelland

When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.
~ Mark Twain

Every son's first superhero is his father, and it was the same for me. For me, he was Superman and Batman combined.
~ Tiger Shroff

A father is someone who wants to catch you before you fall but instead picks you up, brushes you off, and lets you try again.

Every father should remember that one day his son will follow his example instead of his advice.
~ Charles F Kettering

When you teach your son, you teach your son's son.
~ The Talmud

Small boys become big men through the influence of big men who care about small boys.

One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.
~ George Herbert

My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, "You're tearing up the grass." "We're not raising grass," Dad would reply. "We're raising boys."
~ Harmon Killebrew

Happy Father's Day Messages for your Husband

Use these Father's Day messages for your husband to thank him for all he does for your family and to tell him what a great dad he is!

Happy Father's Day to my dear husband, the father of our beautiful children, and the love of my life.

Thank you for everything you do each day for our family. We are so lucky to have you! Happy Father's Day!

What a crazy ride - so glad that we're in this together! Happy Father's Day!

We love you so much. You're the best daddy and the best husband! Happy Father's Day.

You have given our children someone to look up to and admire. You are such a fantastic father, and I love you so very much. Happy Father's Day!

Our kids think that you're Superman. And they're absolutely right about that. Happy Father's Day!

May all the love you give to our family come back to you on this special day. Happy Father's Day!

These next Father's Day quotes are about fatherhood and what it means to be a dad.

Everyone can be a father, but it takes a lot to be a dad.
~ Wade Boggs

FATHER: a son's first hero... and a daughter's first love.
~ Unknown

When you need real understanding, When you need someone to care, When you need someone to guide you... A father's always there.
~ Thomas J. Langley

Dads are most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventurers, story-tellers, singers of songs.
~ Pam Brown

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 little scraps of wisdom.
~ Umberto Eco

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

I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection.
~ Sigmund Freud

Happy Father's Day Messages for Stepdad or Father-in-Law

Sometimes, an important father in our life isn't related to us by blood. Fathers-in-law and stepdads may come into our lives later on, but they can have a powerful place in our lives. Here are a few messages just for your father-in-law or stepfather.

Cheers to the man who raised my favorite person in the world. It's impossible to express how grateful I am. Happy Father's Day!

You've always set such an amazing example for my family and me. This Father's Day, we want to let you know how much we cherish you and the wonderful influence you've had on us.

Even though I was an adult when I met you, I've grown so much since then. Your presence and quiet strength have helped make my life better and better. I appreciate you and wish you the best on this Father's Day.

When I wasn't looking for you, you snuck into my heart and made your home mine. I love you, stepdad.

My whole life, I've been looking for a dad like you. I'll never forget the way you stepped up and immediately had my back. You have all of my love and respect on this Father's Day.

Happy Father's Day Messages for Grandpa

Grandfathers go by many names and nicknames, from Grandaddy to Papa. Celebrate your Grandpa this Father's Day for the special memories you've shared.

Grandpa, I've known you my whole life, and though time seems to pass quickly, I treasure every one of the memories I get to share with you. Here's to many more!

Your kindness and respect for the world have taught me so much. I value these lessons and every moment I spend with you. Happy Father's Day, Papa.

You're always there to remind me to stay focused on what's important and not sweat the small stuff. Well, Grandpa, you're what's important to me. Happy Father's Day! For everything you've done, everything you've been, and all that you've loved.

For my granddaddy, who's always told my favorite stories and has all the best jokes. From, your biggest fan [write name].

Granddad, here's to honoring you for the many great years that you've led our family. Your influence bridges the history of our family with a bright future that we can all look forward to. You're loved and respected.

Happy Father's Day Messages for a Father Figure

Fathers come from all walks of life. Maybe they're a supportive uncle, a family friend, or someone you met at an important time in your life. Father figures offer guidance and support, and Father's Day is a great time to let them know the unique and important position they hold in your heart.

No matter what I do, you're always there to cheer me on with a helping hand. Thanks for always reaching out and listening to me through the highs and lows.

Thinking of you on Father's Day. You've been an honorary member of the family for so long, I almost forgot that we aren't related.

Even though you didn't have to, you've always made sure to make me feel special and celebrated. It's Father's Day now, and my day wouldn't be complete without thinking of you and telling you how grateful I am.

They call today Father's Day, but I find myself thinking of you. Your presence has changed my life. Today, let's recognize your caring and positive influence in my life. Thank you with all my heart.

With love and the deepest respect for an incredible man who I'll look up to forever.

Bible Verses about Fathers

Fathers have a very important role in a Christian family. They are called upon to lead by example in faith, to be loving and compassionate fathers, and teach their children wrong from right. So here are some beautiful biblical quotes about fatherhood to share with your dad and wish him a happy Father's Day.

Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one's youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. Psalm 127:3-5

For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory. 1 Thessalonians 2:11-12

Listen, my son, to your father's instruction and do not forsake your mother's teaching. They are a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck. Proverbs 1:8-9

Whoever fears the Lord has a secure fortress, and for their children it will be a refuge. Proverbs 14:26

Children's children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children. Proverbs 17:6

These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Deuteronomy 6:6-7

There you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place. Deuteronomy 1:31

Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6

The righteous lead blameless lives; blessed are their children after them. Proverbs 20:7

But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15

So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. Luke 15:20

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26

As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; Psalm 103:13

Train up a child in the way which he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.
~ Proverbs 22:6

Here are some beautiful religious Father's Day quotes about fathers and the special role they have in family life:

Father! - to God himself we cannot give a holier name.
~ William Wordsworth

Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father!
~ Lydia M. Child

More Happy Father's Day Bible Verses (click to see our full collection)

Happy Father's Day Poems

Here's a selection of cute Father's Day poems to help you wish your dad a happy Father's Day.

One day I'll be big like you
And strong and smart and brave
Dad you are a hero to me
Happy Father's Day!

Daddy I want to let you know
How lucky Mommy and I are
Because when it comes to daddies
You really are a star!

Daddy I know your secret
That you've tried to keep suppressed
I promise I won't tell anyone
But I know you like me best!

Dad you know that I like Batman
And Superman's cool too
But I don't really need them
As long as I have you!

This Father's Day poem is super sweet and the perfect poem for a new dad on their first Father's Day.

Happy Father's Day, Daddy,
I have a present for you.
No, it's not in my diaper,
But that needs changing, too!

I have a poem to let you know
How lucky Mommy and I are
Because when it comes to daddies
You really are a star!

Thanks for taking care of me
With cuddles and silly songs.
Thanks for settling me back to sleep,
The nights they can be long

One day I'll be big like you,
And strong and smart and brave.
But while I'm little I want to say
Happy First Father's Day!

More Father's Day Poems (click to see our full collection)

How to Say Happy Father's Day in Other Languages

Have you got a father-in-law or friend who speaks another language and who you'd like to wish a happy Father's Day? He'll appreciate your effort even if you don't get the pronunciation exactly right. Here's how to say "Happy Father's Day" in the USA's seven most-spoken languages (after English).

Language How to say Happy Father's Day
Spanish Feliz Dia del Padre
Chinese (Mandarin) Zhù nǐ fù qīn jié kuài lè
Chinese (Cantonese) Foo chun jit fai lock
Filipino (Tagalog) Maligayang Araw ng Mga Ama!
Vietnamese Mùng Ngày Lễ Phụ Thân
Arabic Kullu eid abb wa anta bi-khayr
French Bonne fête des pères

Happy Father's Day Images

Happy Father's Day images with quotes and sayings to wish your dad a very happy Father's Day and thank him for all he does for you!

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Best. Dad. Ever.

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Out of all the fathers in the world I think I got the best one! Happy Father's Day.

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Thank you Dad for everything you do for us. Happy Father's Day!

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Dad you're my hero! I hope I'm half the man you are when I grow up.

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Dad you know that I like Batman,
And Superman's cool too!
But I don't really need them,
As long as I have you!

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I love how we don't even need to say out loud that I am your favorite child.

Free Printable Father's Day Cards

Download one of our free printable Father's Day cards to print and fold at home and give to your dad. They're really handy when you can't get to the store, and your dad gets a special card made just for him!

free printable fathers day cards - 70 designs

Happy Father's Day Coloring Pages

Looking for father's Day coloring pages? Take a look at this cute collection of high-quality PDFs you can download and print at home for free! There are so many choices - superhero dad, fishing with dad, neckties, award trophies, simple pictures for toddlers and preschoolers, and intricate doodles for older children and teens to color in!

free printable father's day coloring pages

Free Printable Father's Day Coupons Gift for Dad

Free printable Father's Day coupons you can make at home for your Dad. So easy to print and assemble into a sweet booklet for your dad, and it's such a super practical gift idea!

Free Printable Fathers Day Coupons for your Dad

"Dad Likes" Poster

Father's Day messages and wishes are a brilliant way to express what your dad means to you, and so is a personalized gift made just for him.

Celebrate your dad and all that he does for you and the family with a personalized poster gift made just for him. It's a poster that celebrates all the funny things about him and the things he likes (including you!).

dad likes poster - personalized Father's Day gift

More Happy Father's Day Ideas

I hope you enjoyed my favorite Happy Father's Day messages and wishes and that you found one that was just right for your dad! If you're looking for other ways to show your dad how much you love him, here are some other pages I think you'll enjoy:

Happy Father's Day Messages
Happy Father's Day Quotes
Happy Father's Day Poems
Bible Verses about Fathers
Gifts to Make
"Dad Definition" Poster
"Dad Likes" Poster

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