Fun Father's Day Facts

Posted: June, 17, 2021 | Categories: Blog

We thought we would share some fun facts about Father's Day since it right around the corner.

  • Origins of Father's Day - It was while listening to a Mother's Day sermon in 1909 that the idea of Father's Day suddenly struck Spokane, Washington resident Sonora Dodd. She wanted to honor her own father, William Smart, who was well-deserving of a special day as a widowed farmer left alone to raise his six kids single-handedly.  A short year year, residents embraced the ideas so warmly that by June 19, 1910 the first Father's Day celebration was proclaimed in Spokane because it was the month of Dodd's father's birth.  Decades later, the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers was issued in 1966 when President Lyndon Johnson designated the third Sunday in June as Father's Day.  Father's Day in America has been officially celebrated annually since 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed the public law that made it permanent. Due to her efforts, Sonora Dodd is now known as "the mother of Father's Day".

  • Google Has Always Loved It - Google has showcased Father’s Day-themed doodles on its main page since 2000. Three starred Dad sleeping in a hammock; four featured ties.

  • Roses are the official flower for Father's Day. A red rose is worn in the lapel if your father is living, a white rose if he is deceased.
  • Father's Day is celebrated most places on the third Sunday in June, but not everywhere. In Spain and Portugal, for instance, fathers are honored on St. Joseph's Day on March 19. In Australia, it's the first Sunday in September.
  • Gifts - Neckties are an old standby and lead the list of Father's Day gifts. A good place to buy dad a tie or a shirt might be one of 8,111 men's clothing stores around the country. Other items high on the list of Father's Day gifts include those items you may find in dad's toolbox such as hammers, wrenches, and screwdrivers. You could buy some of these items for dad at one of the nation's 16,010 hardware stores or 7,009 home centers. Other traditional gifts for dad such as fishing rods and golf clubs make for a happy Father's Day from the more than 22,000 sporting goods stores in America.
  • Leave it to Beaver - Canada’s national symbol, the beaver, is one of the few male creatures in the animal kingdom that sticks around after mating to help raise the kids. In rare cases, biologists have even spotted male beavers taking on the role of a single dad.
  • Germany Celebrates their Own Way - Männertag, celebrated 40 days after Easter, is Germany’s twist on Father’s Day. Instead of breakfast in bed, in some parts of the country, men pile wagons high with beer and set off on long, boozy jaunts through town.
  • We Buy More Cards for Mom - In the United States last year, Hallmark sold 141 million cards for Mother’s Day but only 93 million for Father’s Day. That’s a gap roughly the weight of six blue whales.
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  • Sheriff Andy Taylor (The Andy Griffith Show)

  • Pa Ingalls (Little House on the Prairie)

  • Howard Cunningham (Happy Days)

  • Ward Cleaver (Leave it to Beaver)

  • Jim Anderson (Father Knows Best)

  • Mike Brady (The Brady Bunch)

  • Tim Taylor (Home Improvement)

  • Danny Tanner (Full House)

  • Philip Banks (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air)

  • Peter Griffin (Family Guy)

  • Dan Conner (Roseanne)

  • Gomez Addams (The Addams Family)

  • Homer Simpson (The Simpsons)

  • Johnny Rose (Schitt's Creek)

  • Carl Winslow (Family Matters)

  • Phil Dunphy (Modern Family)

  • Jack Pearson (This is Us)

"The quality of a father can be seen in the goals, dreams, and aspirations he sets not only for himself, but for his family." - Reed Markham

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