History of Father’s Day | TahoeDailyTribune.com

History of Father’s Day

Lisa Marsh

Father’s Day is relatively a “new” holiday for our nation. It took 63 years to officially mark it as a day of recognition.

Sonora Smart Dodd thought of the idea when listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909. She had been raised by her father, Henry Jackson Smart, after her mother died.

Her father had been the one to make all the usual parental sacrifices. In the eyes of his daughter, he was a selfless, courageous and loving man. His birthday was in June, so she decided to hold the first celebration in Spokane, Wash. on June 19, 1910.

Not until 1926 was a National Father’s Day Committee formed in New York City. A joint resolution of Congress recognized Father’s Day in 1956.

Finally, in 1972, President Richard Nixon established a permanent national observance of Father’s Day to be the third Sunday in June. The memory and gratitude of a daughter who thought her father should be honored had given birth to a national holiday.

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