5 Surprising Facts To Know About Father's Day

Happy Father's Day, folks! Today the country will be celebrating Father's Day, which was officially designated a national holiday in 1972 by President Richard Nixon. So this Father’s Day, call up your pops and tell him all about these 5 fun facts about Father's Day.

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The Idea for Father’s Day Was Conceived by a Mother Sonora Smart Dodd came up with the idea to celebrate fathers in 1909 while attending a Mother's Day service at her church. Dodd's father was a widower who cared for his six children by himself after his wife passed away during childbirth.  The following year, Dodd wanted to celebrate Father's Day on June 5th, her father's birthday and petitioned for the holiday to be recognized in her city. Needing more time to arrange the festivities, Spokane’s mayor pushed the date back by two weeks, and the first Father's Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910. But it wasn’t for many years that it became an officially recognized holiday.  

Celebrating Father's Day on the Third Sunday of June Was the Result of a Compromise We celebrate Father's Day on the third Sunday in June every year. But that date wasn't what Dodd had originally chosen. She wanted Father's Day to be celebrated on June 5, her father's birthday. However, the mayor of Spokane and church groups said they needed more time to prepare for the festivities. As such, the date was moved to June 19, 1910, the first official Father's Day celebration. Today, we continue to celebrate Father's Day on the third Sunday of June.

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Father’s Day vs. Fathers’ Day Any grammar geek could find the quandary in this holiday title. Isn’t the day set aside to celebrate all fathers, plural, rather than just an individual? Despite Dodd's request that the holiday be written as "Fathers' Day," the United States Congress designated the day as an official holiday as "Father's Day."

There Was a Movement to Combine Father’s And Mother’s Day Not long after the first festivities began, there was a movement to combine both Father’s Day and Mother’s Day to create one holiday called Parents’ Day. Advertisers and retail merchants objected to combining the days because it might affect sales, and the idea was dropped with the Great Depression. Instead of combining the two holidays, Parents’ Day was added as an additional day to honor both mothers and fathers in 1994 by President Bill Clinton. 

Dad's Love Neckties A necktie is one of the ultimate gifts for Father’s Day. But did you know that neckties date as far back the 17th century? Most historians agree that the necktie originated in the 17th century, during the 30-year war in France. King Louis XIII hired Croatian mercenaries who wore a piece of cloth around their neck as part of their uniform. Alas, neckties do serve a function! They were used to tie the top of their jackets. But they also had quite a decorative effect, a look that King Louis became quite fond of. He actually liked it so much that he made these ties a mandatory accessory for Royal gatherings. The necktie was named “La Cravate” in honor of the Croatian soldiers.