Father’s Day is a very special day where we honor the “Fathers” in our lives. However many do not know the origins of Father’s Day and the special meaning behind it.
The very first Father’s Day was celebrated in Washington State on June 19, 1910, but it didn’t officially become a nationwide holiday until 1972 after Mother’s Day was made an official holiday. Father’s Day started out in West Virginia where a church held a one time Sunday sermon in honor of 362 men who had died in explosions at Fairmont Coal Company mines in Monongah.1 The very next year a woman from Spokane, Washington, Sonora Smart Dodd, started to petition different businesses to drum up support for officially having the equivalent to Mother’s Day for men. 1 She went to the YMCA, local churches, shops, and government officials to gain support for her idea and she ended up being successful having the very first Father’s Day on June 19, 1910.1
The Father’s Day Holiday began to spread and in 1916 President Woodrow Wilson honored this day by using telegraph signals to “unfurl a flag in Spokane when he pressed a button in Washington, DC.”1 Eight years later President Calvin Coolidge started to urge state governments to observe Father’s Day.1 Finally, in 1972, Richard Nixon signed a proclamation making Father’s Day a federal holiday.1 Father’s Day is not celebrated the third Sunday of June every year.
Here at CareGivers America, we honor Fathers every day and appreciate all that they do in shaping the lives of our staff and everyone they come in contact with. We would like to thank all Fathers, especially those of our staff, for always being there for us. We hope you enjoyed your special day and we will continue to honor you every day.
 History.com Staff. “Father’s Day 2018.” History.com, A&E Television Networks, 2009, www.history.com/topics/holidays/fathers-day.