History of Father’s Day. Also known as Fathers’ Day

Father's Day, history, History of Holidays, Mother's Day

Father’s Day celebrates paternal parenthood and complements what in the USA is a generally more cherished holiday of “Mother’s Day”.   History of Mother’s Day

Now celebrated on different dates around the world, Father’s day usually involves gifts and dinner or other family togetherness activities.   For marketers, it’s another opportunity to pitch unique “for father’s day” items to an often gullible mass consumer audience.   As a child I remember the huge TV campaign for the “hot lather machine” made to dispense warm shaving cream to lucky dads in the USA.

According to Wikipedia, the first Father’s Day was on July 5 in 1908.   Grace Golden Clayton started the tradition to honor and celebrate the lives of 210 men lost in  a coal mining accident in Monongah, West Virginia in the previous year of 1907.    It seems very likely that Clayton’s idea may have come from the fact that the first mother’s day celebration was also in 1908 and just a few miles away.

However, the state of West Virginia failed to officially register Clayton’s “Father’s Day” as a holiday, meaning that credit for the holiday can also be attributed to Sonora Dodd from Spokane Washington who independently came up with her own celebration of Father’s Day in 1910,  influenced by Mother’s Day.

However it was not until 1972 that Father’s Day became “official” in the USA when it was signed as an official holiday by Richard Nixon.   Before that many presidents had tried and failed to make it a national holiday including Woodrow Wilson, Calvin Coolidge, and Lyndon Johnson who was responsible for the Presidential Proclamation honoring the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day.

Main Source:  Wikipedia


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