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Father’s Day 2018 USA History Discovery Date

Father’s day is a ceremonial day in remembrance and to show appreciation to our dear fathers and this event occurs in the USA and many other countries, father’s day 2018 USA will be celebrated on the 17th day of June 2018.

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Father’s Day 2018 USA is on the third Sunday of June. It celebrates the contribution that fathers and father figures make for their children’s lives.

Its origins may lie in a memorial service held for a large group of men, many of them fathers, who were killed in a mining accident in Monongah, West Virginia in 1907.

 

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HISTORY OF FATHERS DAY IN THE UNITED STATES

Father’s Day started in the United States in the early 20th century to complement Mother’s Day in celebrating fatherhood and male parenting.

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Father’s Day was founded in Spokane, Washington at the YMCA in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd, who was born in Arkansas. Its first celebration was in the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910.

Her father, the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who raised his six children there.

After hearing a sermon about Jarvis’ Mother’s Day at Central Methodist Episcopal Church in 1909, she told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday honoring them.

Father's Day 2018 USA History Discovery Date (2)Although she initially suggested June 5, her father’s birthday, the pastors did not have enough time to prepare their sermons, and the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday of June.

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It did not have much success initially. In the 1920s, Dodd stopped promoting the celebration because she was studying in the Art Institute of Chicago, and it faded into relative obscurity, even in Spokane.

In the 1930s Dodd returned to Spokane and started promoting the celebration again, raising awareness at a national level.

She had the help of those trade groups that would benefit most from the holiday, for example the manufacturers of ties, tobacco pipes, and any traditional present to fathers.

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Since 1938 she had the help of the Father’s Day Council, founded by the New York Associated Men’s Wear Retailers to consolidate and systematize the commercial promotion.

Americans resisted the holiday during a few decades, perceiving it as just an attempt by merchants to replicate the commercial success of Mother’s Day, and newspapers frequently featured cynical and sarcastic attacks and jokes.

But the trade groups did not give up: they kept promoting it and even incorporated the jokes into their adverts, and they eventually succeeded.

By the mid-1980s the Father’s Council wrote that ” Father’s Day has become a Second Christmas for all the men’s gift-oriented industries.Father's Day 2018 USA History Discovery Date (7)

WHO DO CITIZENS DO ON FATHERS DAY?

Many people send or give cards or gifts to their fathers. Common Father’s Day gifts include sports items or clothing, electronic gadgets, outdoor cooking supplies and tools for household maintenance.Father's Day 2018 USA History Discovery Date (4)

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Father’s Day is a relatively modern holiday so different families have a range of traditions.

These can range from a simple phone call or greetings card to large parties honoring all of the ‘father’ figures in a particular extended family.

Father figures can include fathers, step-fathers, fathers-in-law, grandfathers and great-grandfathers and even other male relatives.

In the days and weeks before Father’s Day, many schools and Sunday schools help their pupils to prepare a handmade card or small gift for their fathers.

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FATHERS DAY DATES USA

Below is the official dates for Father’s Day 2018 USA and other years to come, take a little time and read through it.

Father’s Day 2017 USA was on Sunday 18th June 2017

Father’s Day 2018 USA  is on Sunday 17th June 2018

Father’s Day 2019 USA is on Sunday 16th June 2019

Father’s Day 2020 USA is on Sunday 21st June 2020

Father’s Day 2021 USA is on Sunday 20th June 2021

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FATHER’S DAY SPELLING

In the United States, Dodd used the “Fathers’ Day” spelling on her original petition for the holiday, but the spelling “Father’s Day” was already used in 1913 when a bill was introduced to the U.S.

Congress as the first attempt to establish the holiday and it was still spelled the same way when its creator was commended in 2008 by the U.S. Congress.Father's Day 2018 USA History Discovery Date (1)

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