Father’s Day is quickly approaching. Do you know the origins of the holiday to celebrate dear ol’ Dad? Find out below!
The first Father’s Day celebration was held on June 19th, 1910 at the YMCA in Spokane, Washington. The event was organized by a woman named Sonora Smart Dodd. As the story goes, Mrs. Dodd was listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in church, and was struck with the idea to have a similar holiday honoring dedicated fathers like her own.
Mrs. Dodd’s father was a widower named William Jackson Smart. A farmer and veteran of the Civil War, Mr. Smart raised his six children on his own after his wife died in childbirth. Mrs. Smart remembered her father as a good and loving parent, so wanted to honor him in this special way.
Although there were many similar celebrations held honoring the proposed holiday in the following years, it took over six decades for Father’s Day to become nationally recognized. While both Presidents Woodrow Wilson and Calvin Coolidge voiced their support for the holiday, it wasn’t until 1972 that President Richard Nixon made Father’s Day a permanent holiday to be celebrated the third Sunday in June. (Mrs. Dodd was able to see her dream become a reality! She lived until 1978.)
We sure are glad that great dads have the opportunity to be celebrated in such a special way! How are you planning to celebrate your father this year? How about a custom photo montage to highlight your favorite moments with him? Or, have hundreds of digital photos turned into a special photo mosaic of you and dad.
For additional information:
“Sonora Louise Smart Dodd.” Encyclopedia of Arkansas. http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=2762 (accessed May 24, 2018).
“A Brief History of Father’s Day.” The Art of Manliness. https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/a-brief-history-of-fathers-day/ (accessed May 24, 2018).