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How Father’s Day Started

How Father’s Day Started

It’s crazy to think there are more than 70 Million Fathers in the U.S.

Want to know how Father’s Day started? Keep reading then.


Back on July 5, 1908 a church in West Virginia held a Sunday sermon in order to honor fathers that had passed away in a mining incident in Monongah. Mother’s Day had already been established from before. This church was the first to celebrate fathers day in the whole nation. 

It was meant to be celebrated that day only, not for it to become a holiday.

The following year, a woman named Sonora Smart Dodd, proposed to Washington State to celebrate all fathers by giving them their own day. She was successful! Dads in the state celebrated their first official “Father’s Day” on June 19, 1910. The holiday gradually spread since more and more people started celebrating it, including President Wilson & President Calvin Coolidge. 


During the Great Depression, advertisers and store owners helped establish the big day even more. They wanted men to receive gifts from their loved ones to honor their responsabilities as fathers.

Of course, they mainly cared about profit.

They argued that Father’s Day was a good way to show respect and applaud the troops for their courage and efforts. Richard Nixon eventually signed a proclamation which made Father’s Day officially a federal holiday. 


This manifesto happened in 1972. It took 64 years from the initial idea to when it actually happened.

Congrats Dads!

(Here’s an awesome photo of my daughter & her father! Aren’t they adorable?!)

Thanks to these people, today we honor dads like they deserve. Being a parent is beautifully hard. We’re raising the next generation of greats, therefore WE should be saluted!

Nowadays, many countries celebrate fathers around the world on different dates throughout the whole year. In the United States, it is celebrated on the third Sunday of every June.

Father’s Day this year lands on June 16, 2019.


That pretty much sumps up the story on how Father’s Day came about. I tried to make it the least boring possible (since i’m talking about history).

Being a parent is amazing and very rewarding, so it must be looked upon, but it shall never be about the gifts. It’s OK to show your appreciation for the fathers in your life. But what’s really important is to remember that these male figures are not dads for only 24 hours. Therefore, this love must be shown every single day. 

Quality time is BETTER than gifts.

Xoxo 💋 

Jenny Arzola

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