Father’s Day began during the early 20th century as a way to honor and celebrate our fathers and forefathers. This special day for dads is celebrated in several countries and on several days, but we celebrate Father’s Day on the third Sunday in June. Father’s Day began as a tribute to our fathers and a way to show our appreciation through cards, flowers, quotes, and other thoughtful gifts.
We can attribute the first idea of Father’s Day to a young woman named Sonora Louise Smart Dodd. The thought first came to her in 1909 while she was sitting in a Mother’s Day sermon. Sonora wondered why there is a day to honor mothers but not one to honor fathers. Sonora adored her own father, a Civil War veteran, and worked hard to create a day in honor of fathers as well.
Sonora approached a couple of different associations about her Father’s Day campaign and was able to gain their support. Spokane, Sonora’s hometown, celebrated its first Father’s Day on June 19, 1910, the third Sunday in June. Although Father’s Day wasn’t established as a permanent national observance until 1972, the day was a popular celebration by the time Sonora’s father, William Smart, died in 1919. What a wonderful Father’s Day gift is that—his very own day!
Share this touching story of how Father’s Day began over 100 years ago with your father. What can you do this Father’s Day to honor your own father? Although you don’t always need to do something as special as creating a day all his own, there are still many ways that you can tell your father that you appreciate him. Make him a card, write him a poem, plant him a garden, or buy him something that he’s always wanted.