In 1909 Sonora Dodd from Spokan, Washington wanted a special day to honor her father. Her father, William Smart, was a widowed Civil War veteran who was left to raise her and her siblings after his wife had died in childbirth with their sixth child. Dodd thought he deserved a day as much as any mother and with the Mayor of Spokane’s help she had a Father’s Day celebration the following year. The celebration was held in June because it was the month of William Smart’s birth.
The bill to officially recognize the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day was signed into law in 1972 by President Richard Nixon. Congress apparently resisted efforts to recognize the day prior to 1972 for fear the holiday would be commercialized instead of simply recognizing the importance of parenting.
95 million Father’s Day cards are given out each year in the United States
Father’s Day is the fourth-largest card sending occasion
50% of the cards are purchased by son’s and daughters
20% of the cards are purchased by wives for their husbands
30% of the cards are purchased for grandfathers, sons, etc.
- Father’s Day is celebrated at different times around the world.
- In Australia, the first Sunday of September is observed as Father’s day
- In Finland people celebrate the festival on the second Sunday of November.
- In Thailand, December 5 is celebrated as Father’s Day.
THE FATHER OF MY CHILDREN