With Father’s Day coming soon I thought you might enjoy learning a bit about how this special day actually got its start.  OK, some people think that Father’s Day was invented as an afterthought to Mother’s Day. You know, everyone felt sorry for dads since moms had their special day in May, so…along came Father’s Day in June!  Not true!

The creation of a national day for Dads began back in the 1900s and owes its start to a young widower by the name of William Smart.  A civil war veteran, William raised his six children single-handedly on a rural farm in eastern Washington State.  When Sonora Louise Smart Dodd, one of Mr. Smart’s children, was grown she wanted to show her appreciation for her father.  So, in 1909, she proposed a day to honor her father in June, the month of her father’s birth (see, it wasn’t an afterthought to Mother’s Day!).

The very first Father’s Day followed on June 19, 1910, in Spokane, Washington.  In 1924 President Calvin Coolidge showed support for this becoming a national holiday.  But it was President Lyndon Johnson who actually proclaimed it a national holiday in 1966, to be celebrated on the third Sunday of June.

Father’s Day in Australia occurs on the first Sunday of September

In case you’re wondering what to do for your dad this year (or you need some ideas to suggest to your own kids), here are a few things that are guaranteed to please!

Tickets to his favorite sports event

A gift certificate to his favorite hardware store (think power tools)

And the most important thing: A Pair of Socks

Have a blessed day!

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