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Sunday, June 19th is Father’s Day

17. June 2011 by Christy 0 Comments

Sunday, June 19th is Father’s Day, a day celebrating fatherhood and honoring dads around the world. Men and women in many countries, including America, Canada, and the United Kingdom, will celebrate Father’s Day this third Sunday in June though other nations honor fathers another day.


The History of Father’s Day

Grace Golden Clayton of Fairmount, West Virginia organized the first Father’s Day celebration on July 5, 1908. Mrs. Clayton wished to honor the 210 fathers who died in the Monongah, West Virginia mining disaster and chose the Sunday closest to the birthday of her recently deceased father. The celebration received little notice, however, and Mrs. Clayton and fellow Fairmount citizens did not celebrate again. Two years later, Sonora Dodd of Spokane Washington organized her own Father’s Day celebration and it is she who receives credit for creating this special holiday.

Though Father’s Day festivities became increasingly common after Dodd’s initial celebration, the day did not become an official permanent holiday until 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed a bill designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day.


Father’s Day Traditions

On Father’s Day, children customarily present their fathers with gifts and cards, or treat him to a special meal. Grown men and women also honor their fathers and wives might also thank their husbands for being good fathers to their children. Father’s Day is similar to Mother’s Day and many of the traditions are the same.

If your special gentleman is a father, be sure to wish him a happy Father’s Day this Sunday!