Each year, on the third Sunday in June, we pause to celebrate the dads in our lives. This has grown to include grandfathers, stepfathers and any other important “dad figures” in our lives. Americans are expected to spend more than ever on gifts for Father’s Day this year with the biggest share going to special outings like a ballgame, concert or dinner, etc. Total spending is expected to reach $15.5 billion, topping last year’s previous record of $14.3 billion! Here are some fun facts you probably didn’t know about Father’s Day…
- Father’s Day is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year on June 19, and it all began when a young woman wanted to honor her dad. In May of 1909, Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Wash., sat in church listening to a Mother’s Day sermon and decided she wanted to designate a day for her dad, a Civil War veteran, who singlehandedly raised Sonora and her 5 siblings. The first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, according to the Spokane Regional Convention and Visitor Bureau.
- Neckties are the most popular gift for Father’s Day.
- Father’s Day is the fifth most popular card-sending holiday, with an estimated $100 million in card sales.
- In Australia, the first Sunday of September is observed as Father’s Day, while Finnish people celebrate the holiday on the second Sunday of November. In Thailand, Father’s Day is observed on Dec. 5.
- Experts believe the word “dad” dates back to the 16 century.
- Rose is the official flower for Father’s Day. Wearing a red rose signifies a living father, while wearing a white one represents one who has passed away.
Whether you are a dad, or celebrating a special “dad” this weekend, have fun and enjoy!