Do you know when was the FIRST Father’s Day Celebration held?
My curiosity drove me to research Father’s Day. What I found, was quite a surprise to me…
The First Father’s Day:
In 1910, a Father’s Day celebration was held in Spokane, Washington, at the YMCA by Sonora Smart Dodd. 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. After hearing a sermon about Jarvis’ Mother’s Day, she told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday honoring them.
Several local clergymen accepted the idea, and on 19 June 1910, the first Father’s Day, “sermons honoring fathers were presented throughout the city”.