Life Holidays Father's
Day Fun Facts & Trivia
Come along on a sentimental journey explaining why we honor father's across the land this Father's Day with answers to questions like:
• Who invented Father's Day?
• What is the official flower to honor your dad?
• How is Father's day celebrated around the world?
...and more information, fun facts, and trivia in honor of Father's Day:
The 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 by President Lyndon Johnson who designated the third Sunday
in June as Father's Day.
Today, due to her efforts, Sonora Dodd is now known as "the mother of Father's Day".
Did You Know?
• Today, some of the most popular Internet searches connected to the day include "father's day recipes" and "father's day poems".
• 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. Meanwhile, in Australia, it's the first Sunday in September.
Father's Day by the numbers
This is a big day for the 72 million fathers in America. Nearly 95 million Father's Day cards were given last year in the United States, making Father's Day the fourth-largest card-sending occasion.
Sons and daughters send 50 percent of the Father's Day card to their dads. Nearly 20 percent of Father's Day cards are purchased by wives for their husbands. That leaves 30 percent of the cards which go to grandfathers, sons, brothers, uncles and someone special.
Why Dads are important
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, when children are raised with a father or father-figure in the home, they are:
— Four times less likely to live in poverty;
— Two times less likely to drop out of high school;
— Seven times less likely to become pregnant before the age of 18;
— Less likely to commit crime and be sentenced to prison.
Based on the data reported in 2020, there are 2.3 million fewer children in father-absent homes since that figure peaked at 20.6 million in 2012.
The proportion of U.S. children living without a father in the home has also reached its lowest point since 1990.
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Gifts for Father's Day
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 7,000 men's clothing stores around the country.
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 15.000 hardware
stores or 6,000 home centers.
Other traditional gifts for dad such as fishing rods and golf
clubs make for a happy Father's Day for the more than 20,000 sporting
goods stores in America.
85 million Americans participated at a barbecue in the last year it's probably safe to assume many
of these barbecues took place on Father's Day.
Mr. Mom is becoming a more common sight at parks across America with 215,000 estimated stay-at-home dads. These married fathers with children under 15 years old have remained out of the labor force for more than one year primarily so they can care for the family while their wives work outside the home.
The dads seem to stay home
more with younger children. 20 percent of fathers
with employed wives were the primary caregiver for their preschooler.
split the responsibility of child care. Many Dad's (32%) with
full time jobs regularly worked evening or night shifts and were
the primary source of care for their preschoolers during their
children's mother's working hours.
Thanks to the US Census Bureau for some of the fun facts used in this article.