Keene NY: Father’s Day Kite Fest at Marcy Field

Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 21st with plenty of ways to celebrate in the Adirondacks the caregivers in our lives. 

I never knew that I had President Richard Nixon to thank for signing the official proclamation making Father’s Day an official federal holiday. Nixon may have made the law permanent but it was President Lyndon Johnson in 1966 that designated the third Sunday in June as the day to honor our fathers. 

Though Father’s Day wasn’t a nationwide holiday until 1972, there have been national events, like the 1908 event to commemorate a mining explosion that killed 362 men, observing the important roles fathers play in our lives. In 1909 Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington attempted to create a holiday to rival Mother’s Day. After lobbying local officials for a year, Dodd successfully made Washington State the first state to officially celebrate a day for fathers. According to the A&E History channel, fathers didn’t fully embrace the concept at first and the greeting card/floral industry didn’t see the potential. It took retailers struggling through the Depression to find the niche and gear the holiday toward menswear and sporting goods. There are no accurate statistics of how many ties are sold for Father’s Day, but it is still the most popular gift.

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There will be barbeques for Father’s Day and fishing derbies as well as the free 8th annual Kite Fest sponsored by the East Branch Friends of the Arts in Keene Valley.  Taking over Marcy Field from 10 am – 3 pm, Kite Fest is a casual event to celebrate fathers, art and being outside. People can bring their own kites or purchase one from Keene Central School students.

The New York Kite Enthusiasts (NYKE) Kite Club out of Glenmont will be bringing some unusual and interesting kites as well as members of the American Kite Flyers Association. Members of those organizations will also be available for tips and tricks to get kites off the crowd and flying around Marcy Field.

There will be a DJ filling the hills with music and refreshments for sale. The Farmers’ Market is also open around the same time. If you can’t the perfect lunch at Kite Fest, meander over to the market for some farm fresh goodies.

If you can’t make Kite Fest, members of the East Branch Friends of the Arts invite everyone to post a tribute to a father, mentor or friend on their Facebook page. Happy Father’s Day to all! Enjoy! Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities™ guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time™ with over 300 activities including easy hikes, swimming holes, trivia, maps and more. For more family-friendly events go to