The Interesting History of Father’s Day
Historians believe a woman in West Virginia was inspired to create Father’s Day after she saw the success of a similar campaign by another woman to establish Mother’s Day. The earliest known celebration of Father’s Day was in July of 1908, but the holiday initially had some difficulty gaining popularity because of its closeness to Independence Day.
Over the next few decades, additional cities would create their own Father’s Day celebrations. The holiday would gain national attention, but it wouldn’t be until the 1960s when then-President Johnson would proclaim that Father’s Day would be held on the third Sunday in June each year.
Did You Know? Some countries also celebrate “Men’s Day,” which is to recognize men and boys who aren’t fathers. Men’s Day is celebrated on November 19th.
Celebrating Father’s Day Today
There is no right or wrong way to celebrate Father’s Day, and it’s fun for the family to think up ways to honor dad with activities and gifts. With the proliferation of smartphones and video capturing devices, one of the modern ways that families have begun celebrating Father’s Day is through video compilations shared on social media or as a movie night with the family.
The videos may include funny slices of life from the family’s past year with dad including playing with the kids, funny things that have happened on camera, and big events like the birth of a child or a graduation from school. The videos can be as light-hearted and fun or as meaningful and memorable as you want.
Have You Chosen Your Card and Gift?
Does the dad in your family have a green thumb? Does he work in a cold, gray office building? You might think about giving him a nice plant for his desk. Maybe a simple Porthos plant that can sit in the corner of his office. They’re really easy to care for and only require minimal watering and attention.
You can also think about a plant that can eventually go in the ground somewhere around your home. Maybe a colorful croton plant that can decorate the porch for a few months and then head into the ground as part of the home’s landscaping.