We’ve had Mother’s Day and Memorial Day is over. Now it’s time for dear old dad to get his day. And why not? It takes two, after all.
Father’s Day was inaugurated in the United States in the early 20th century to complement Mother’s Day in celebrating fatherhood and male parenting It is celebrated on the third Sunday of June in many countries and on other days elsewhere. We’ll stick with the June date and go from there. If you need other dates, try this link.
With the success of Mother’s Day in the US, some wanted to create similar holidays for other family members. Father’s Day was the next logical choice and the one most likely to succeed. While other persons in the US who independently thought of “Father’s Day”, the credit for the modern holiday is often given to Sonora Dodd, who was the driving force behind its establishment.
The idea started in Spokane, Washington. After hearing a sermon about Mother’s Day in 1909, Dodd told the pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday honoring them. Its first celebration was in the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910.
The celebration had limited success as Dodd stopped promoting it because she was going to school in Chicago and it faded into relative obscurity, even in Spokane. In the 1930s Dodd returned to Spokane and started promoting the celebration again, raising awareness at a national level with the help of trade groups that would benefit most from the holiday (manufacturers of ties, tobacco pipes, and any traditional present to fathers). Americans resisted the holiday during a few decades, perceiving it as just an attempt by merchants to replicate the commercial success of Mother’s Day, but with time and effort, came success. After many failed attempts over the years, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation, in 1966, honoring fathers and designated the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day.
So what are you going to do for your dad on his special day? Not a new tie, I hope. The best present is probably a visit from you. Plan a mini-vacation to visit dad on his day. He’ll be pleased.
Ok, so there is no way you can get free to visit. When you can get free, come back here and plan the trip. We’ll be waiting.