With Father's Day approaching this Sunday, I decided to research the history of Father's Day and how it came to be a national holiday.
Father's Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June every year. It is a day to celebrate the Fathers of the world and to give them a "day off" from parental obligations. But where did it start and how did it become a national holiday?
In December of 1907, there was an explosion in the Fairmont Coal Company mines in Monongah, West Virginia that killed 362 men. This was the first recorded "Father's Day" but it was a one-time commemoration and not an annual holiday, yet. In 1910 a Spokane, Washington woman named Sonora Smart Dodd tried to establish an official equivalent to Mother’s Day for male parents. She went all around Spokane to businesses and government buildings to try and rally support for her new holiday. She was successful in her endeavor and on June 19, 1910, Washington State celebrated the nation’s first statewide Father’s Day. The holiday started to gain momentum in the United States and in 1924 President Calvin Coolidge urged all state governments to observe Father’s Day. Over time, Father's day was celebrated by more and more people and it became a federal holiday in 1972 when Richard Nixon signed a proclamation declaring it one. Today, Father's Day is celebrated by most in the United States and economist estimate that Americans spend over 1 billion dollars a year on Father's Day gifts alone.
https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/fathers-day By Dillon Landfried - Jun 13, 2019