In the United States, Father’s Day is the third Sunday in June. It celebrates the contribution that fathers and father figures have made to their children’s lives.
Father’s Day is not a federal holiday. Organizations, businesses and stores are open or closed, just as they are on any other Sunday. Restaurants may be busier than usual because many families take their fathers out for a special meal.
There are a couple of events, which may have inspired the idea of Father’s Day. One was the start of the Mother’s Day in first decade of the 20th century. Another was a memorial service held in 1908 for a large group of men, many of them fathers, who were killed in a mining accident in Monongah, West Virginia in December 1907.
A woman called Sonora Smart Dodd was an influential figure in the establishment of Father’s Day. Her father raised six children by himself after the death of their mother. Sonora was inspired by the work of Anna Jarvis, who had pushed for Mother’s Day celebrations. Sonora felt that her father deserved recognition for what he had done. The first Father’s Day was held in June 1910. Father’s Day was officially recognized as a holiday in 1972 by President Nixon.
Families have different traditions for Father’s Day. These can range from a simple phone call or greetings card to large parties honoring all of the father figures in an extended family. Father figures can include fathers, step-fathers, fathers-in-law, great-grandfathers and even other male relatives. In the days and weeks before Father’s Day, many schools and Sunday schools help their students prepare a handmade card or small gift for their fathers. Many people send or give cards or gifts to their fathers. Common Father’s Day gifts include sports items or clothing, electronic gadgets, outdoor cooking supplies and tools for household maintenance.
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