The third Sunday of June is traditional for the USA.
The day is held on various dates across the world and different regions maintain their own traditions of honoring fatherhood.
Any man can be a Father,
but it takes a
special person to be called Dad.
Scout and Atticus in To Kill a Mockingbird.
The celebration of Dad’s special day is credited to Sonora Smart Dodd, Mrs. John B. Dodd, of Washington State.
The idea for creating a day for children to honor their fathers came to Mrs. Dodd while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909.
Mrs. Dodd’s father, civil war veteran William Jackson Smart, was widowed when his wife died in childbirth.
Mr. Smart raised the newborn plus his other five children by himself on a rural farm in eastern Washington State!
When Sonora Dodd became an adult she realized all the parental sacrifices that her father had made for the family.
The original date chosen for the holiday was June 5, her father’s birthday, however for some reason that date didn’t work out so she chose to hold the first Father’s Day celebration in Spokane, Washington on the 19th of June, 1910.
Father’s Day was even recognized by a Joint Resolution of Congress in 1956, but it never became official until 1966 when President Lyndon Johnson signed the presidential proclamation that set aside the 3rd Sunday of June as Father’s Day.
Father’s Day has become a day to not only honor your father, but all men who act as a father figure. Stepfathers, uncles, grandfathers, and adult male friends are all to be honored on Father’s Day.
— Andy Gilchrist