The history of Father’s Day
In 1910, in Washington, USA, a lady called Sonora Smart Dodd, raised by her Dad after the death of her Mum, felt that fathers should also have a day to celebrate them as a parent, recognising all they do. So, Sonora set to, organised the event and arranged for the third Sunday in June, which allowed the pastors time to prepare the sermons. On the 19th June 1910 the first Father’s Day celebration took place!
Soon after the celebration became popular in the 1920s, Sonora started studying, so without her promoting Father’s Day, people and retailers let the idea drift and it waned. However, thankfully, Sonora started to push the celebration again in the 1930s wanting to make it a national awareness day.
Cleverly, Sonora realised that if she could appeal to trade groups who would benefit financially from selling male related products, her idea had more chance of being successful. She was right, and her idea of a national day to recognise Father’s everywhere was soon backed up by many companies, allowing them to sell products for the day.
It wasn’t until 1966 when President Johnson made Father’s Day official. He stated that Father’s Day would take place on the third Sunday in June. And it was in 1972 when the day became recognised as a permanent national holiday when President Nixon signed it into the existing law. The UK quickly followed suit and followed the American date of the third Sunday in June each year – this year that falls on Sunday 20th June 2021.
Father’s Day Gift Ideas
With Father’s Day just around the corner, we’d recommend getting organised ahead of time with a gift for that special Father figure in your life. Below are our top three recommendations for Father’s Day gifts, however, you can find more ideas of what to get Dad by clicking here.