1910, Father’s Day Celebrated for First Time
On this day in 1910, Father’s Day celebrated for the first time at Spokane, Washington. Father’s Day was founded by Sonora Smart Dodd, who was born in Arkansas.
Sonora Smart’s father, the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who raised his six children there. After hearing a sermon about Anna Jarvis’s Mother’s Day at Central Methodist Episcopal Church in 1909, she told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday honoring them.
Smart’s suggested June 5, her father’s birthday, however, did not have enough time to prepare their sermons, and the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday of June.
Father’s Day is a celebration honouring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. The tradition was said to be started from a memorial service held for a large group of men who died in a mining accident in Monongah, West Virginia in 1907. Father’s Day celebrated in world annually on the third Sunday in June.