The History of Father’s Day ~ June 17th
For those fortunate to still have dad around, we already have our “GIFTS FOR DAD” section with thoughtful gift ideas.
DID YOU KNOW?
The first known celebration of Father’s Day was on July 5, 1908 in Fairmont, West Virginia, where it was commemorated at William Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South – now known as Central United Methodist Church. Grace Golden Clayton is believed to have suggested it to her pastor after a December deadly explosion in nearby Monongah killed 361 men.
In 1924, President Coolidge recommended that Father’s Day become a national holiday. President Johnson designated the third Sunday of June to be Father’s Day in 1966. It was not until 1972 that President Nixon instituted Father’s Day as a national observance. Roses are the official flower on Father’s Day, red for fathers who are still living and white for those who have passed on.