Father’s Day originated in 1910 in Spokane Washington. Sonora Smart Dodd was the daughter of a Civil War Veteran who raised his six children as a single parent. To honor her father, she organized the first celebration at the Spokane YMCA. There were several attempts to create a national holiday by President Woodrow Wilson, President Calvin Coolidge and others. In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers and declaring the third Sunday of June as Father’s Day. Six years later, the national holiday was made permanent and President Richard Nixon signed it into law.
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads! Sunday is your official day – so take the time to enjoy it.