Father's Day celebrated across the Treasure Valley

Posted at 7:45 PM, Jun 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-19 21:55:22-04

It was a big day for dads across the valley Sunday. And, there were plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy the national holiday with the entire family.

In the U.S., Father's Day has been celebrated since the early 1900s.

It's the one day in summer that dads are off the hook from manning the grill but that doesn't mean they lack an appetite for a burger with all the fixin's on a hot, sunny day.

Owners of the Counter Custom Built Burgers at the Village at Meridian recognize this.

Anyone who walked in the door and said "BFD" Sunday received a free burger for their dad.

"We've got healthy, clean food and we're just promoting this for dad's today... just trying to bring in the men in our lives and say thanks with a free burger,"  said Traci Hess, co-owner of The Counter.

Just a short walk away, Big Al's did their part to make dads feel special with, you guessed it, free bowling.

The holiday is extra special for the bowling manager who didn't always have a father figure to look up to.

"From the ages of 2-8, I didn't have a father. So when my dad, my stepdad came into my life... I had wanted that for a long time and he ended up adopting me when I was 13," said Kelby Laws, Big Al's bowl manager. "He set the example I needed and, to this day, he's the only father I've known and ever wanted."

But, for dads who wanted to spend time outdoors with the family, the Chateau Des Fleurs in Eagle was the place to be.

With at least 3,000 in attendance, organizers felt as though their mission was accomplished.

"We take things for granted and don't get to spend time with people until it's too late," said Roshan Roghani-Ishaq, vice president at Camille Beckman. "So, we view this as an opportunity for everybody to be able to come out, spend time together."

There was also a raffle at the Gardens at Camille Beckman event.

Proceeds from the raffle will go to the Boys and Girls club of Ada County.