Father’s Day 2020 is right around the corner. This National Holiday is celebrated on the third Sunday in June each year. We found some gift ideas from Good Housekeeping – featuring suggestions from mugs that keep beer cold to bird house building kits. It’s always nice to give dad a gift to let him know you’re thinking of him. But the best gift you can give dad is your time. Consider doing an activity that your dad enjoys – one you can share. If you’re not geographically close enough to celebrate the day with your father, consider a Zoom call, or just a regular old fashioned telephone call.
Father’s Day is celebrated around the world but here in the states, it didn’t become a National Holiday until 1972. It took three different American Presidents to become a national holiday. The following represents a snippet of that history.
The making of a National holiday
Father’s Day was celebrated as far back as July 5, 1908. A woman named Grace Golden Clayton in Fairmont, West Virginia suggested the celebration of fathers following a deadly mine explosion that killed 361 men. Across the country, Sonora Smart Dodd, in Washington State recommended the holiday on June 19, 1010, in honor of her father, William Jackson Smart, a Civil War vet and widow. Sonora’s mother Jenny, died during childbirth leaving William to raise six children on his own.
President Calvin Coolidge (served 1924-1929) recommended the holiday in 1924 but it never came to fruition. (Writer’s side note: When my father was a little boy, he rolled Easter Eggs on the White House lawn during Coolidge’s administration.)
In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson (served 1963 – 1969) signed an executive order declaring Father’s Day be celebrated on the third Sunday in June. But Father’s Day didn’t become a national holiday until President Richard Nixon (served 1969 – 1974) made it so in 1972.
We would not be here today without dad. Here at HB Value homes, we are grateful for our fathers and look forward to celebrating their special day on Sunday, June 21st.
HB Value is a subsidiary of Holiday Builders, a 37 year old, Florida based homebuilder building affordable new homes throughout Florida. Shout out to our CEO, Bruce Assam, a father of two and all of the other dads who are part of our team. We appreciate you!