5 Things You Didn't Know About Father's Day

  1. WASHINGTON WAS THE FIRST STATE TO CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAY.

    In 1909, Spokane resident Sonora Smart Dodd was listening to a Mother’s Day sermon at her local church when she had the idea to try and establish a similar day to honor the hard-working fathers of the community.

  2. . ROSES WERE ORIGINALLY A BIG PART OF THE CELEBRATION.

    That first Father’s Day included a church service where daughters would hand red roses to their fathers during the mass.

  3. FATHER’S DAY WASN'T OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZED AS A NATIONAL HOLIDAY UNTIL 1972.

    It took until 1966 for President Lyndon Johnson to make a nationwide proclamation endorsing Father’s Day across the country. 

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4. AMERICANS ARE EXPECTED TO SPEND MORE THAN $16 BILLION ON GIFTS.

All those barbecue accessories, coffee mugs, and screwdriver sets add up: Americans spent $14.3 billion on gifts in 2017 for Father’s Day, and  a record $15.5 billion in 2018.

5. THE FIRST FATHER’S DAY CARD

Father’s Day cards go farther back than Hallmark. One of the earliest dates back roughly 4,000 years. Elmesu, a Babylonian youngster, carved a card out of clay to “wish his father good health and long life.”

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Barry ONeill