Ten Interesting Facts About Father’s Day

Celebrating Father’s Day goes back to over one hundred years in America.  Actually, it was President Richard Nixon who recognized the special day as a National holiday in 1972. .  Many countries join the United States in the celebration of fathers on the third Sunday of June.  However, the Feast of St. Joseph on March 19th is another popular date for traditional Catholic countries such as Spain and Portugal.

As we prepare for the holiday in the next couple of weeks, here are ten interesting facts about Father’s Day:

How did Father’s Day begin?

Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington created Father’s Day in 1909.  She wanted to honor her widowed father who was a single dad raising 6 children.  Her father was also a farmer and a Civil War veteran.

When is Father’s Day celebrated in the United States?

It is celebrated on the third Sunday of June in the United States.  However, it is recognized internationally on different days.  The Feast of St. Joseph on March 19th is a common observation for Catholic countries.

Which United States Presidents endorsed Father’s Day?

In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson and his family observed the day.   President Calvin Coolidge signed a resolution in favor of Father’s Day.  President Lyndon Johnson signed an executive order that the holiday be celebrated on the third Sunday in June.  Under President Nixon, the day was recognized as a national holiday.

How many fathers are there in America?

There are approximately 70.1 million fathers in America.

How many single fathers?

There are approximately 1.7 million single American fathers.

Who was the most prolific father of all time?

It is believed to be the last Emperor of Morocco, Mulai Ismail (1646-1727) By 1703, he had at least 342 daughters and 525 sons.  By 1721, he was reputed to have 700 male descendents.

What is the most common gift purchased for Father’s Day?

The necktie is the most common gift purchased for Father’s Day.

How much do American’s spend nationally for Father’s Day?

U.S. consumers are expected to spend close to $13.2 billion dollars on Father’s Day this year.  Last month, Consumers spent close to $17.1 billion on Mother’s Day.

How many greeting cards are purchased for Father’s Day?

According to Hallmark, close to 94 million greeting cards will be purchased for dad (compared to an estimated 133 million purchased cards Mother’s Day)

What are the three most important words you can say on Father’s Day?

I Love You!



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