The Founding Of Father’s Day

Wednesday May 13th, 2020


The founder of Father’s Day was Sonora Smart Dodd, according to many historians. She was the daughter of a widowed Civil War veteran who had raised her on his own. Dodd came up with the idea when listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909. She held her own special tribute for her father on June 19, 1910, in Spokane, Washington, and began a campaign for an official celebration thereafter.

Initially the idea of Father’s Day was met with skepticism in the US. But in 1926 a National Father’s Day Committee was formed in New York City, and in 1966 President Lyndon Johnson signed a proclamation designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. But it wasn’t until 1972 that President Richard Nixon officially recognized it as a national holiday. The holiday migrated to Canada soon after.

The official flower of Father’s Day is the rose: red for fathers who are still living and white for fathers who have passed away.

This year Father's Day is on Sunday 21st of June 2020.


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