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Father's Day 2016

We hope you didn't forget that Father's Day is this Sunday June 19th! We certainly didn't, and are here to give you a little history as to how we came to celebrate all of the amazing fathers out there on the third Sunday of June.

Father's day officially began way back in 1910 in Spokane Washington. A woman named Sonora Smart Dodd was attending her church service and was listening to them speak about the newly accepted Mother's day holiday, but she felt as though fathers deserved just as much recognition. Sonora took her love for her father and brought the idea of Father's day to the Spokane ministerial alliance, who declared that the third Sunday of June (June 5th being Sonora's father's birthday) would be Father's day. This was just the beginning of the birth of Father's day and six years later president Woodrow Wilson sent a telegraph to Spokane praising the idea of Father's day. Fast forward eight years to when president Calvin Coolidge stated that Father's day should be recognized because it would "establish more intimate relations between fathers and their children" and that Father's day would "impress upon fathers the full measure of their obligations." Despite two president's praise, Father's day was still just a locally recognized holiday and really had not gotten to the national level. That is until another 40+ years later in 1966 when president Lyndon B. Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring that the third Sunday of every June would be recognized as Father's day and six years later president Richard Nixon officailly made Father's day a permanent nationally recognized holiday. Sonora was honored in 1974 during the World's Fair and she passed four years later at the age of ninety-six.

Here are some Father's Day Statistics:

  • There are roughly 70.1 million dads in the United States.
  • Roughly 2 million fathers are single
  • More than 214,000 men are stay at home fathers
  • Roughly $12.7 billion will be spent on Father's day with an average gift price of $115.37
  • Father's day spending equals about half the amount that is spent on Mother's Day (roughly $21 million)

 

Get out there and let your dad know he means the world to you this Father's Day!