How to Say “I Love You Dad” This Father’s Day

by Note with Love Team - Jun 11, 2024
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Father’s day is a special occasion to celebrate the love and bond shared between our fathers and us. It’s an opportunity to celebrate the man who has been our protector, mentor, and friend since our birth. And, one of the best ways to show our love is through words, but sometimes it's hard to find the right ones.

Whether you’re struggling to express your feelings or looking for creative ways to say “I love you Dad”, this article will provide you with ideas to make this Father’s Day unforgettable. From heartfelt messages to funny ones, I’ve got you covered. So let’s get to work on making this Father’s Day super special!

When Is Father’s Day in 2024?

Just like Mother’s day, Father’s Day is also celebrated on different dates in different countries around the world. In most countries, including the United States, we celebrate it on the third Sunday of June. This year it will be celebrated on 16th June.

However, some countries celebrate it on different dates. The chart below details when Father’s Day is observed in various countries.

Country/RegionOccurrence and dates (The calendar year of 2024)
Bahrain, Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, Mauritania, Oman, Qatar, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Yemen23rd January
Andorra, Angola, Bolivia, Honduras, Croatia, Italy, Liechtenstein, Mozambique, Portugal, Spain, Libya19th March
GermanyAscension Day/9th May
Lithuania, SwitzerlandFirst Sunday in June/2nd June 
Denmark5th June
Austria, BelgiumSecond Sunday in June/9th June
Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, UAE21st June
Nicaragua, Poland23rd June
Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, Papua New GuineaFirst Sunday in September/1st September
Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Norway, SwedenSecond Sunday in November/10th November
Bulgaria26th December 

Keep in mind that this is not a comprehensive list. You should check the specific date for Father’s Day in your country or region in advance.

Why Is It Hard to Express Yourself to Fathers?

Many of us find it quite difficult to convey our true feelings and needs to our fathers. This could be because your father may not have ever emotionally connected with you, and you never learned how to express yourself to him. Studies show, in societies where men are expected to be emotionally stoic and masculine, it can be difficult for dads to communicate themselves emotionally to their children. However, it is never too late to reconnect with your father.

Because of such a gendered environment, some fear that expressing themselves to their father could lead to rejection or criticism. This can make it hard to be vulnerable and open.

Another reason can be that your father may have a different communication style than you, which can create misunderstandings or make it hard to connect emotionally. As shown in this study, instead of saying or writing “I love you,” men are more inclined to show their emotions by doing something supportive.

However, it’s essential to recognize that everyone’s relationship with their father is unique, and the reasons for difficulty in expressing oneself can vary.

How to Craft the Perfect Message for Your Father?

Crafting the perfect Father’s day message can be a deeply personal process. It varies depending on your relationship with your father. However, here are a few tips to help you create a meaningful message that expresses your feelings:

  • Reflect on your relationship: Think about your relationship with your father and what he means to you. Convey that in your message. Just speak from the heart.
  • Be specific when expressing your love and gratitude: Instead of using vague and general statements, try to be specific. Give examples of what you appreciate about your father. Mention the qualities you admire most about him or something he taught you that you still remember.
  • Use a personal tone: Write your message in a way that feels authentic to your voice. This might mean using humor, expressing vulnerability, or sharing a memory.

Emotional Father’s Day Messages

Whether you’re sending a Father’s Day card or an SMS, you may use these heartfelt Father’s Day messages to convey what you feel. Or use these as a starting point and add your own words with these.

  • Dear dad, you’re my role model. You have always been there to protect me, comfort me, and make me feel loved. Happy Father’s Day!
  • Papa, you have been the only source of joy in my life, and I am grateful for that. Happy Father’s day to you.
  • Happy Father’s Day to a dad whose words have the power of magic. They make everything better.
  • Papa, you’ve always been there to wipe my tears, lift me up, and cheer me on my success.
  • Cheers to the one person who’ll always have a special place in my heart. Happy Father’s day.
  • You’re the most dedicated, loving, and encouraging father anyone can wish for. On this Father’s day, may you enjoy yourself to the fullest, dad.
  • Dads like you make the world an amazing place to live in. Pop, I wish you a great Father’s day.

Humorous Father’s Day Messages

Here are a few funny messages you can send to him in celebration of Father’s Day to put a smile on his face.

  • Happy Father’s Day to the dad, who always pretended to be asleep when it was time to do the dishes. Your secret is safe with us, dad.
  • You’re the coolest dad I know, and not just because you still wear your leather jacket from the 80s! Wishing you a fun-filled Father’s Day, dad.
  • Cheers to the world’s greatest dad - I mean, I’m sure there are better ones out there, but you’re the best one I know.
  • Dad, you’re the reason I can deliver dad jokes so well. Wishing the best to the punniest guy I know!
  • Dad, you’re like a superhero. But, instead of wearing a cape, you a wear a “dad bod”.
  • Happy Father’s Day to the dad who always cracks me up, even when I’m trying to be serious.

Short and Sweet Father’s Day Messages

Here are some simple and sweet messages you can send to your father to brighten his day.

  • Happy Father’s Day to the world’s greatest dad! I really appreciate you always being there for me.
  • Dad, you are my superhero. I love you and wish you a very happy Father’s Day.
  • You have given me so much, Dad. Love you always.
  • You are the best dad in the world, Dad. I am indeed so grateful to have you in my life. Happy Father’s Day!
  • You are my role model, my friend, and my dad. Happy Father’s Day!
  • Thank you for being the strong, loving, and caring dad you are. Enjoy Father’s day to the fullest, dad.
  • I am so grateful for everything you have done for me, dad. Happy Father’s Day!
  • Happy Father’s Day to the man who taught me the values of courage, kindness, and integrity.
  • Wishing you a day filled with love, joy, and relaxation. Happy Father’s Day!

Inspiring Father’s Day Messages

Below are a few inspiring Father’s day messages.

  • Happy Father’s Day to the man who has always been my rock and my inspiration.
  • Dear dad, you’re the pillar of your family, and I couldn’t have asked for a better father. Your love and guidance have shaped me into who I am today. Happy Father’s Day!
  • The best gift that you gave was your time and love. Papa, I wish you a wonderful Father’s Day!
  • I am thankful for each and every moment we have spent together because you have taught me so much about life and love. Dad, have a great day.
  • I learned everything there is to know about kindness and sincerity from you, papa. Hope you keep sharing your kindness with others. Wishing a blessed Father’s Day to the sweetest father there is!
  • Dad, I know you love me forever and without condition. Wishing you a happy father’s day filled with all the world’s joy.

Happy Father’s Day Quotes

Here are some quotes from great authors, musicians, actors, and other public figures that you can use in your message:

  • “The best gift a man can give to the world is to be a good father.” – Nikki Renée Daniels
  • “Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad.” – Anne Geddes
  • “A strong father means a strong family.” – Melvina Young
  • “A father’s smile has been known to light up a child’s entire day.” – Susan Gale
  • “Fathers just have a way of putting everything together.” – Erika Cosby
  • “A father carries pictures where his money used to be.” – Steve Martin
  • “One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.” – George Herbert
  • “I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.” – Sigmund Freud


Expressing love and appreciation to our dads on Father’s Day is a beautiful way to strengthen our bond with them. Whether through words, actions, or gifts, taking the time to show love can make a meaningful difference in their lives and ours.

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