Father’s Day—A Heartfelt Tradition Rooted in History

Father’s Day—A Heartfelt Tradition Rooted in History

Father’s Day is a popular time-honored custom in the culture of American society as well as the world. It is a day set aside to pay homage to all fathers who have devoted their lives to parenthood. In the U.S. it is celebrated on the third Sunday in June. For the more than 70 million fathers in our country today it is a day of great adoration. Even though we have been observing this well-celebrated national holiday for years, the truth is many of us know very little about its history.  

Father’s Day—A Historical Timeline

The history of Father’s Day can be directly linked to Mother’s Day. And Sonora Smart Dodd, a Spokane, Washington woman, who was one of six children raised by a single male parent. With Mother’s Day receiving commercial status in 1908, Dodd felt male parents and especially her own father should be recognized accordingly. She rallied for support of her idea in local churches and the YMCA in addition to talking to local shop owners and government officials. As a result of her efforts, the very first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910.

Mother’s Day received official holiday status in 1914. That’s when President Woodrow Wilson signed a resolution declaring the second Sunday in May as a day to honor the mothers of America. But, for more than three-quarters of the twentieth century, Father’s Day was an unofficial holiday. Through the years, there were several attempts to make it official. For example, in 1924 President Calvin Coolidge, an avid supporter, encouraged more states to participate. Historians attribute the large time gap to a lack of commercial appeal. However, the idea preserved. And Father’s Day received its well-deserved status in the history books in 1972. The year President Richard Nixon signed it into law declaring it a national holiday.

Ways to Spend Quality Time with Dad

For many, Father’s Day means different things. But, there’s one thing that’s certain—it is a day to give thanks and appreciation to fathers for the many things they do. Spending quality time with dad is a great way to say thank you. The ways to celebrate are as varied as the fathers themselves. Giving dad a well-thought out gift from the heart is a fantastic way to show him the love. Or, for an unforgettable treat cook dad a backyard barbecue dinner or take him out. Whether your dad likes to golf, fish, chill out in the pool, eat barbecue, or sample craft beer he’s sure to appreciate the time with you.

Shop Father's Day Gifts at Breed & Company

This year we celebrate Father’s Day on June 16. Make Breed & Company your one-stop shop for exclusive gifts for dad. Select from BBQ grills and accessories to essential indoor and outdoor tools and weekend barware. Our special Father’s Day Collection offers unique gift bundles for all the dads in your life. Visit our four Austin area locations or shop online for the perfect Father’s Day gift. Free gift packaging included with all online orders.

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