The History of Father's Day


The idea of a "father's day" was first presented by Sonora Dodd, of Spokane, Washington in 1909. She thought of the idea while listening to a Mother's Day sermon.

sonora's father was a Civil War veteran by the name of William Smart. Smart was widowed when his wife died while giving birth to their sixth child and was left to raise the newborn and his other five children by himself on a rural farm in eastern Washington state.

sonora realized as an adult that her loving father made all the parental sacrifices, and had shown nothing but courage and selflessness in raising his children as a single parent. Sonora's father was born in June, so she chose to hold the first Father's Day celebration in Spokane, on the 19th of June, 1910.

The idea of a national Father's Day was supported in 1924 by President Calvin Coolidge. It was 42 years later, in 1966, that President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the 3rd Sunday of June as Father's Day .


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Roses are the Father's Day flowers: red to be worn for a living father and white if the father has died.

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