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Father's Day

What does Father's Day celebrate?

Father's Day is a day to celebrate fatherhood as well as your father's contribution to your life.

When is Father's Day celebrated?

Third Sunday of June

Who celebrates this day?

Father's Day is celebrated throughout the world. It is a popular holiday in the United States where many children, young and old, celebrate the day with their dads.

What do people do to celebrate?

Most people spend the day with their dad. Many people give gifts, a card, or cook their dad a meal. Typical Father's Day gifts include ties, clothes, electronics, and tools. Since the day occurs on Sunday, a lot of people go to church with their dad to celebrate the day.

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History of Father's Day

The original Father's Day is thought to have been founded by Sonora Dodd in Spokane, Washington on June 19, 1910. Sonora and her five siblings were raised by their single-parent dad. She thought that since there was a Mother's Day, there should be a day to honor fathers as well.

In 1916 President Woodrow Wilson visited Spokane and spoke at the Father's Day celebration. He wanted to make the day an official US holiday, but Congress didn't agree. President Calvin Coolidge tried again in 1924, but the day still didn't become a holiday. The main reason was because many people felt that the day was too commercial. That the only reason to have the holiday was so that companies who sold ties and men's clothing could make money.

In 1966 President Lyndon Johnson proclaimed the third Sunday of June as Father's Day. The national holiday was finally signed into law in 1972 by President Richard Nixon. Since then the day has become a major holiday in the United States.

Around the World

Here are some dates when the day is celebrated in different countries:
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