How did Father’s Day Start?

by Emma W.R. on June 15, 2016

He’s the one with gray hair, worry lines, an empty wallet and tired hands from always fixing stuff. This is your dad and you love him down to the holes in his socks. How did this day of celebration begin for poor old Dad? There are a few different versions of this tale but I’ll keep it short and sweet. Kind of like the awful tie you bought him last year.


It’s been said that Father’s Day started with a young woman named Sonora Smart Dobb in West Virginia. The year was 1909, Mrs. Dodd raised by her single father along with six brothers and sisters, wanted a day to celebrate all of her Father’s hard work. She spoke with her Pastor and submitted letters to the board to have Father’s Day celebrated on the third Sunday in June. In 1916, Woodrow Wilson approved this idea but it wasn’t until 1924 that Calvin Coolidge made it a national event. After WWII, this holiday was distinguished as a day to honor American Troops. In 1972, Richard Nixon signed a congressional resolution marking it a federal holiday in the US.


Today we still honor this day but a little different. Did you know 15% of single parents are men? And 95 million Father’s Day cards were given in the US last year.  It’s sort of like a second Christmas for Dad. We adorn our Dad’s with lavish gifts like neck ties, hats, socks, sporting goods and golf clubs. Let Dad have his one day a year to relax and put up his aching feet.



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Cory March 24, 2017 at 11:26 am

Good to have learned this. Fathers appreciate the recognition. It is a sweet holiday, but can be bittersweet for those who have lost their dad.


Shana July 28, 2016 at 1:08 pm

Never realize 15% of single parents were men. You always think of it being all women.


Callie July 25, 2016 at 1:05 pm

I never really thought about how these holidays all begin. Very informative. Now I have some new trivia.


Tanya July 19, 2016 at 12:52 pm

Interesting! What about Mother’s day?


layla June 20, 2016 at 10:41 am

i always wondered this. thanks for the article! another fun fact i didn’t know!


Jessie June 15, 2016 at 11:37 am

Wow, I didn’t know that’s how Father’s day started. You learn something new every day!


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