How Father’s Day Got Started

Toddler riding on Dad's shoulders.

Thinking about buying one of the new homes in Frisco TX this summer? Don’t forget to set aside some time to honor your dad when Father’s Day comes around. It’s too bad that this holiday has become an excuse for retailers to hawk power tools and chili pepper neckties. The holiday was intended to be a companion to Mother’s Day – allowing people to celebrate and appreciate all that fathers do for their children.

The history of Father’s Day can be traced back to the early 20th century. There are two stories of how it got started. The first dates back to 1908. That’s when Grace Golden Clayton suggested to the minister of the local Methodist church in Fairmont, West Virginia that they hold services to celebrate fathers after a deadly mine explosion killed 361 men.

The idea for Father’s Day also sprang up on the other side of the country. Sonora Smart Dodd’s father was a Civil War veteran and widower who raised Sonora and her five siblings on a small farm. While listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1910, Dodd came up with the idea for honoring her father with a similar holiday. She sought the support of local churches, the YMCA, shopkeepers and government officials. As a result, Father’s Day became an official holiday in the state of Washington.

The holiday slowly gained popularity across the country. In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge urged state governments to observe Father’s Day, but no official action was taken. During the Depression, a movement started to merge Mother’s Day and Father’s Day into one Parents’ Day to remind people that both parents should be loved and respected together. However, struggling retailers and advertisers promoted Father’s Day as a “second Christmas” for men, promoting items like neckties, hats, sporting goods and greeting cards to spur sales. During World War II, advertisers argued that Father’s day was a way to honor American troops and support the war effort.

Father’s Day finally got national recognition beginning in 1966, when President Lyndon Johnson made an executive order declaring the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. But it wasn’t until 1972, when President Richard Nixon finally signed a proclamation recognizing it as a national holiday.

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