While the Mamas might have a stronger hold on an official holiday, we can't forget Dad as we move into June. Father's Day is a relatively new phenomenon in Switzerland, falling on June 2nd this year. It wasn't until 2007 that the day was introduced here and since 2009, Swiss Father's Day has been celebrated on the first Sunday in June.
It's interesting to note that neighboring countries and even the southern area of Switzerland have chosen to celebrate Vater on different days. In the canton of Ticino as well as Liechtenstein, the day is commemorated on March 19th, in conjunction with the feast day of St. Joseph. Our neighbors in Deutschalnd celebrate on Ascencion Thursday or Himmelfahrt. In Austria, Vatertag is celebrated one month after Muttertag and in the US, the UK, and many South American countries, it is oficially the third Sunday in June.
No matter which date you choose, we think June is a great month to celebrate, and it's only fitting that we outline some experiences with your dad in mind. There any number of events coming up just around the corner, which gives kids and dads a chance to get outside and play. Whether you choose to visit old classic cars together, participate in a race or go out and watch others giving it their all, the Old Timers, Zugerberg Classic, National Horse Show and the Zytturm Triathlon are all on tap just in time for warmer weather.
Speaking of on tap, maybe Dad would appreciate something with libations in mind. Both Etter and Baar Brauerei are hosting guided tours of their facilities. For those old enough to enjoy, this is a great bonding opportunity. Or invite him to an evening of cold beers, billiards and sports on the big screen at B&B Sportsbar. Just make sure to use public transport there and back!
And if you love being a part of Zug's rich historic traditions, we've also got you covered. Nothing spells fun like a BIRTHDAY. Celebrate Zugiblubbi's birthday on Zugerberg. To be fair this is more of an event with little ones in mind, but Dad will look like a superhero for taking them to such a unique outing.
Come out with the entire family to the city's best party: the Zugerseefest. Celebrate this 50 year old event, topped off with amazing fireworks on June 22nd. And if cherries are your thing, take your dad to the Altstadt on June 24th and watch groups of people run around while holding ladders at the beloved Chriesisturm.
Forget trying to find another tie, pen or watch. Give Dad the priceless gift of time spent together and let him know how much you care. Visit here for exact dates and details for all June happenings in Zug and nearby.