Almost fifty years ago in 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson designated the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. In 1972, President Nixon signed a law proclaiming the day a national holiday. The day celebrating fathers became a popular holiday, and today, Americans spend over one billion dollars on Father’s Day gifts. Unlike Mother’s Day however, it took decades for Father’s Day to really catch on with the public.
A woman in Washington state named Sonora Smart Dodd envisioned a day for fathers while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909. Dodd wanted to honor her father, William Smart, a Civil War veteran who had raised her and her five siblings alone after her mother died. Dodd’s campaign to create Father’s Day paid off, and the first Father’s Day took place in 1910 in Spokane, Washington. The holiday spread slowly to other states, President Coolidge endorsed the holiday in 1924, but many people disliked the holiday. It took WWII for Father’s Day to become a more popular holiday. Businesses marketed the holiday as a way to honor the troops fighting overseas, by the end of the war, Americans in almost every state celebrated Father’s Day.
This year’s Father’s Day is June 21st. In the early decades of the holiday, businesses promoted ties, tobacco, clothing, and sporting equipment as great Father’s Day gifts, but a gift should be as unique as the dad who receives it. Search Real Local Pages (RLP) for stores in your area to find great Father’s Day gifts. Real Local Pages is an online directory of businesses; with thousands of listings, you can find a wide range of businesses, from restaurants and hardware stores, to services like electricians and physicians. Search http://www.reallocalpages.com by entering your city and state, then choose terms from the popular categories list, or, use the search box on the main page. Each listing will display the contact information for the business and users can leave reviews of the business on RLP.