Father’s Day is a celebration honoring fathers and paternal bonds as well as fatherhood and the influence of fathers in our society. While many countries celebrate it on the third Sunday of June, it is also celebrated widely on other days.
The first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910 in Spokane, Washington thanks to Sonora Louise Smart Dodd. Sonora, raised by her father after her mother died during childbirth, was inspired to create a day to honor fathers after hearing a Mother’s Day sermon. For 62 years Sonora Dodd remained the driving force behind official recognition for this special day and in 1972 President Richard Nixon signed a proclamation that the third Sunday in June officially be recognized as Father’s Day, a national holiday.