When is Father’s Day and why does the date change every year?

The annual event where we celebrate our fathers is back. This year, Father’s Day will be on June 19.

While many of us often struggle to find the perfect gift for our dads, others tend to forget exactly when the annual event is.

In the United States, Father’s Day was founded in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd, in Spokane, Washington. Dodd’s father was Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart. He was a widower and raised his six children alone in Washington State.

Dodd visited merchants, churches and government officials to gather support for a day to recognize fathers. She succeeded because Father’s Day was celebrated in Washington State on June 19, 1910.

Despite its founding in 1910, it wasn’t until 1972 that the date became an officially recognized holiday in the United States. rather wishing to replace them with a common Parents’ Day.

It was officially recognized as a holiday in 1972, when President Richard Nixon signed Proclamation 4127. In it, Nixon wrote “may every American make this Father’s Day an opportunity to renew love and gratitude which we carry to our fathers, increasing and persisting through all the years.”

When is Father’s Day this year?

This year, Father’s Day falls on June 19. So you still have a little time to find the perfect gift for your dad, whether it’s a DIY kit or a guitar amp.

The purpose of the holiday is to celebrate and thank our fathers and father figures for raising us and being present in our daily lives.

Why does the date change every year?

In the United States, Father’s Day is every third Sunday in June, so the date changes every year. It’s easier to remember that it falls on every third Sunday, instead of trying to memorize specific dates.

A family with a funny sign for Father’s Day at a baseball game
Todd Kirkland

Is Father’s Day celebrated on different days in other countries?

In the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States and India, Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in June.

In other countries, especially in Latin America and Europe, Father’s Day usually falls on St. Joseph’s Day, a Catholic holiday that occurs annually on March 19.

Although the first official Father’s Day in the United States was in 1910, the first time an event was held specifically to honor fathers was on July 5, 1908. It was done by a church in West Virginia, to honor the memory of 362 deceased men. during explosions in the Fairmont Coal Company mines at Monongah.


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