Father’s Day is an important celebration in the United States and around the world, though the timings in each nation are not universal. In the USA it is celebrated on the third Sunday of June each year and this year that means that it will fall on 19 June 2022.
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Origin of Father’s Day in the United States
Although the celebration in many countries is born out of a Catholic tradition, in the United States it is different, and dates back to 19 June 1910 in Spokane, Washington. It was at that time that the first Father’s Day in the history of the American Union was celebrated, thanks to Sonora Smart Dodd.
Sonora was a woman who, along with her five siblings, had been raised by her single father, and man who later became a Civil War veteran. After witnessing a Mother’s Day mass, she realised that there was no date to honour the father that she was so proud of and the following year she went on to inaugurate a new celebration for all the fathers that merited an acknowledgement.
Later the celebration became popular throughout the country and by 1924 President Calvin Coolidge made it clear that he wanted to establish Father’s Day as a national celebration. That idea, however, was rejected and it was not until 1966 that President Lyndon B. Johnson confirmed the day would be celebrated on the third Sunday of June, and in 1972 President Richard Nixon signed a law to make Father’s Day a national celebration in the United States.
To mark the celebration, the Dodd family home was added to the Register of Historic Places in 2010, on the 100-year anniversary of that first Father’s Day celebration in Spokane.