Happy Father's Day Messages, Wishes & Quotes for Your Dad 2023

Last Updated: May 12, 2023

It's that time of year again to wish your dad a Happy Father's Day! Our collection of wishes, messages, quotes, and images will help you let your dad know just how you feel. Every dad is different: from silly and dorky dads to serious fathers. But what they all have in common is they deserve to be recognized on Father's Day with a special note or card. Not quite sure what to say? We've got you covered!

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Father's Day has been a time for people to celebrate dads ever since the Middle Ages in Europe. We all know the massively important role that dads play in families and society. Father's Day was even made into a national holiday in the USA in 1972! It's such a nice tradition and gives you the perfect reason to share with your dad how much he means to you.

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

Scroll down this page to check out the entire collection of Happy Father's Day wishes, or use these links to jump to a particular section of the page.

Messages | 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 or note?

All dads would love to feel recognized and appreciated on Father's Day. Your dad has probably worked hard for you and your family over the years. Even if he's not great at saying so, he probably loves you very much. Father's Day gives us the perfect opportunity to say "Thank you for all you've done for me" and "I love you". There's no need to overcomplicate your message. It's the thought that counts. Just by giving him a card with a short message in it, you'll make his day!

When is Father's Day in 2023?

In the United States, Father's Day will be celebrated on Sunday, June 18, 2023. In the USA it is always celebrated on the 3rd Sunday in June. To find out about other countries, please check out 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

Are you looking for a country that isn't on this list? See the full 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 accurate spelling, you can rest easy that he's not going to pick on the spelling of your message! Also, since Father's Day is an official holiday, don't forget that you should always capitalize it.

Happy Father's Day Messages & Wishes

Use one of our short and sweet messages to wish your dad a great Father's Day and thank him for everything does for you!

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

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

Happy Father's Day to the best dad in the whole world!

Happy Father's Day to the most awesome dd ever!

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

To the world's greatest dad from the world's greatest kids, we hope you have a brilliant Father's Day!

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

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

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

Thank you for all the many sacrifices you have made for our family and all the joy you bring into our lives. We could not have asked for a better dad! Happy Father's Day.

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

Dad, you are the first person I phone when I have a major question about something or when I really need some good advice. Thank you for always being there for me!

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

Sending you all of my love. I wish I could be there to give you a huge hug. Happy Father's Day!

Thank you for giving me so much love, attention, and care over the years. You truly are the best dad! Happy Father's Day.

Thank you, Dad, for giving us the best things in life and loving us no matter what. I am so grateful 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 to look up to, and for helping me grow up into the person I am today. Happy Father's Day!

Every year that goes by, the more I appreciate just how much you have done for me and how many sacrifices you've made. I just can't thank you enough! I hope you have a great Father's Day!

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

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

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

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

Dad, you're my hero! When I grow up I hope I'm even half the man you are. Thanks for being so great!

There is no one is as caring and hardworking as you are! We are very lucky to call you dad. Thanks for always being there for us no matter what.

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

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

Siempre puedo confiar en ti, Papito. (I can always trust you, Daddy.)

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

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

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

Mi vida es sencilla porque sé que siempre puedo contar contigo. ¡Feliz Día del Padre! (My life is simple because I know I can always count on you. Happy Father's Day!)

¡Feliz Día del Padre a mi gran padre, mi amigo y protector en uno! (Happy Father's Day to my great father, my friend and protector all in one!)

De niño, siempre quise ser como tú. Y ahora sigo admirándote. (As a child, I always wanted to be like you. And now, I still admire you.)

See our full collection of Father's Day Messages

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

In this modern world, many of us live some distance from our dads. Whether you live in a different country or state, the distance can make it too hard to visit. Here are a few Happy Father's Day messages to send your dad if you can't see him in person this year.

I'm sending you all my love this Father's Day. We might be apart today, but you're always in my heart. I miss you!

I love you so very much and miss you enormously! I hope you have a very happy Father's Day and that we can meet again soon.

Happy Father's Day, Dad! Sorry that I can't make it to see you today. I miss you!

Happy Father's Day to my amazing dad! Although we're far apart, you are always in my thoughts and prayers.

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

Sending you all my love across all 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 sometime soon.

Un montón de besos y abrazos a la distancia. (Lots of kisses and hugs from a distance.)

In some cases, distance can create a strain on your relationship with your Dad. However, even if things are a bit complicated between you, there are still many ways to tell him that he's important.

Even though we don't always see eye to eye, we are still family. I do really 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. Happy Father's Day, Dad.

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

Funny Father's Day Messages and Quotes

Here are some super funny Father's Day messages you that could write in a card for your dad.

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

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

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

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

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

You taught me all the most important things I know - including a few choice words for certain situations. Thanks, Dad!

I smile because you are my dad. And I have to laugh because there's nothing you can do about it.

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

And here are some silly and funny Father's Day quotes about Dads for you to share.

Having children is like living in a frat house. Nobody sleeps, everything's broken and there's a lot of throwing up.
~ Ray Romano

Being a dad isn't just about eating a huge bag of gummy bears as your wife gives birth. It means being comfortable with the word hero.
~ Ryan Reynolds

Raising kids may be a thankless job with ridiculous hours, but at least the pay sucks.
~ Jim Gaffigan

Just taught my kids about taxes by eating 38% of their ice cream.
~ Conan O'Brien

By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong.
~ Charles Wadsworth

See our full collection of Father's Day Quotes

Happy Father's Day Messages from Daughter

Daughters hold a very special place in their dad's hearts! So here are some sweet Happy Father's Day message ideas that you can use to write in a card for your dad. Why not let him know how special your relationship is how and how much he means to you?

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

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

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

Dad, thank you for being there for me and cheering me on! Life is 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!

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.

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

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

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

Daddy, thanks for being my hero, chauffeur, financial support, listener, life mentor, friend, guardian, and simply being there every time I need a hug.
~ Agatha Stephanie Lin

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

It was my father who taught me to value myself.
~ Dawn French

[My dad] taught me that there is no shame in breaking something, only in not being able to fix it.
~ Hope Jahren

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.

My Daddy was my hero. He was always there for me when I needed him. He listened to me and taught me so many things. But most of all he was fun.
~ Bindi Irwin

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

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.

Happy Father's Day Messages from Son

Want to thank your dad for being so awesome, but you're stuck for words? Here are some messages from sons to their fathers that you could use.

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. I hope you have a great Father's Day.

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

Dad, you've sacrificed so much to give me the best start in life and provide me with so many opportunities. Happy 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! Have a great day!

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

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

Fathering is not something perfect men do, but something that perfects the man.
~ Frank Pittman

Life doesn't come with an instruction book - that's why we have fathers.
~ H. Jackson Browne

My father taught me a good lesson: Don't get too low when things go wrong. And don't get too high when things are good.
~ Robert Parish

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.

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

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

Lately, all my friends are worried that they're turning into their fathers. I'm worried that I'm not.
~ Dan Zevin

Forget Batman: when I really thought about what I wanted to be when I grew up, I wanted to be my dad
~ Paul Asay

Happy Father's Day Messages for your Husband

Write one of these Father's Day messages in a card for your husband to thank him for everything he does for your family. He'll be surprised and touched by the gesture.

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

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

You're the best daddy and the best husband in the world! Happy Father's Day.

You are such a fantastic father, and I love you so very much. Happy Father's Day!

Thanks for everything you do each day for our family. Happy Father's Day!

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

May all the love and care you give to our family come right back to you today. Happy Father's Day!

These next few Father's Day quotes are about the magical role of 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

We all grow up. Hopefully, we get wiser. Age brings wisdom, and fatherhood changes one's life completely.
~ Frank Abagnale

You will find that if you really try to be a father, your child will meet you halfway.
~ Unknown

Of all the titles I've been privileged to have, 'Dad' has always been the best.
~ Ken Norton

There are three stages of a man's life: He believes in Santa Claus, he doesn't believe in Santa Claus, he is Santa Claus.
~ Unknown

The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature.
~ Antoine François Prévost

Gracias por saber siempre convertir un reto de paternidad en una aventura. ¡Feliz Día del Padre! (Thank you for always knowing how to turn a parenting challenge into an adventure. Happy Father's Day!)

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

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

Thanks 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 a brilliant example for our family. This Father's Day, we want to let you know how much we cherish you.

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

For my whole life, I've always hoped for a dad like you. I'll never forget how you stepped up and immediately had my back. Happy Father's Day.

Gracias por no llevarme de la mano por esta vida, sino por enseñarme a navegar por ella por mí mismo. (Thank you for not leading me by the hand through life, but for teaching me to navigate it by myself.)

Happy Father's Day Messages for Grandpa

Grandfathers have many names and nicknames, from Grandpa to Papa. Recognize your Grandpa this Father's Day for all the special memories you've shared together.

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

Grandpa, I've known you my whole life. Though time seems to pass quickly, I treasure each one of the memories I've shared with you. Here's to many more!

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 all the many great years that you've led our family. You're loved and respected so much by us all.

I really appreciate that you're always there to remind me to stay focused on what's important and not sweat the small stuff. Happy Father's Day!

Gracias por tener siempre buenos consejos para mí. (Thank you for always having good advice for me.)

Happy Father's Day Messages for a Father Figure

These days, fathers come from all walks of life. Maybe they could be a supportive uncle, a family friend, or an important mentor during your life. Father figures offer wisdom and support, and Father's Day is the perfect time to let them know the 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.

Though they call today "Father's Day", I find myself thinking of you. You changed my life. Today, I'd like to recognize the huge influence you had in my life. Thank you for everything.

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

Even though you didn't have to, you've always made sure to make me feel like I was important. It's Father's Day now, and so I just wanted to let you know how grateful I am for you.

With lots of love and the utmost respect for an incredible man who I'll look up to forever. Happy Father's Day.

Las principales lecciones de vida las he aprendido de ti. Eres un gran papá, feliz día del padre! (The main life lessons I've learned from you. You're a great dad, happy Father's Day!)

Bible Verses about Fathers

In a Christian family, fathers have a very important role to play. They are called upon to lead by example, to be compassionate fathers, and teach their children about God. So here are some lovely biblical quotes about fatherhood that you could share with your dad this Father's Day.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 touching religious Father's Day quotes about fathers and the important role they have in family life:

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

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

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

Happy Father's Day Poems

Here's a selection of cute and sweet Father's Day poems to help you wish Dad a happy Father's Day.

Daddy, you're my superhero, so tall and strong,
I love when we play and sing along.
On this special day, I want you to know,
You're the best dad, and I love you so!

My tiny hand wrapped in your big, loving palm,
You guide me through life with a gentle charm.
Daddy, your hugs and kisses make me feel so glad,
Happy Father's Day to the best dad I ever had!

Daddy, you're my knight in shining armor,
Protecting me with love, growing warmer and warmer.
Your laughter fills my heart with glee,
On this Father's Day, I want you to know you mean the world to me.

When you lift me high up in the air,
All my worries vanish into thin air.
Daddy, your love is like a magical spell,
Thank you for being the best dad, I can tell!

En tus brazos encuentro felicidad,
Papito querido, mi amor de verdad.
Eres mi héroe, mi guía y mi sol,
Feliz Día del Padre, ¡te amo con todo mi corazón!

(In your arms, I find happiness,
Dear Daddy, my true love.
You are my hero, my guide, and my sun,
Happy Father's Day, I love you with all my heart!)

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

In tiny hands, I grasp your finger tight,
With each giggle and coo, my heart takes flight.
New to this world, but you're my hero strong,
Daddy, I'm so lucky to whom I belong.

Your gentle cuddles, like a warm embrace,
Your silly faces bring a smile to my face.
In your loving arms, I feel safe and warm,
You make every day a cozy, snuggly storm.

Your playful peek-a-boos make me giggle,
Your silly dances make my wiggles wiggle.
On this Father's Day, I want you to know,
You're the best dad, and I love you more than I can show.

So here's a little hug, just for you,
A tiny kiss, to make your heart feel true.
From your little bundle of joy, oh so small,
Happy Father's Day, the greatest dad of them all!

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 is from another country and speaks another language? What a great idea to write "Happy Father's Day" in another language! He'll be grateful for your effort even if you don't get the pronunciation quite 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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Thank you Dad for everything you do for us. Happy Father's Day!

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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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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.

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

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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