Father's Day, was not created as a way for greeting card companies to sell more cards. Here is the real reason we celebrate Father’s Day today!
The creation of a national day for Dads began back in the 1900s when a grateful daughter wanted to express her deep appreciation for her own father.
A gentleman by the name of William Smart, a civil war veteran, was widowed when his wife died in childbirth.
Mr Smart raised his six children on a rural farm in an eastern Washington State. When Sonora Louise Smart Dodd, one of Mr Smart's children, was grown she wanted to show her appreciation for her father.
He had shown her a great love and strength in raising her and her siblings as a single parent. So, in 1909, she proposed a day to honour her father in June (the month of her father's birth). The very first Fathers' Day followed on June 19, 1910, in Spokane, Washington. In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge showed support of this becoming a national holiday.
However, it wasn't until 1966 when President Lyndon Johnson officially proclaimed Fathers' Day a national holiday to be celebrated on the 3rd Sunday of June.
Father's Day has become a day to not only honour your father, but all men who act as a father figure, Stepfathers, uncles, grandfathers, grandpas, Grandads and Godfathers are all honoured on Father's Day.