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The History of Father's Day

Each year, the third Sunday in June is a time to thank fathers and other men who have stepped into the role of father.

Father’s Day didn’t become a nationally recognized holiday in the United States until 1972, when President Richard Nixon signed Joint Resolution 187.

Father’s Day in 2022 is celebrated on Sunday, June 19.

Many thank Sonora Smart Dodd for making Father’s Day happen. In 1909, while attending a Mother’s Day sermon in church, Dodd felt fathers were equally deserving of praise. To honor her own father, a Civil War veteran and widower who raised six children alone, Dodd petitioned f...


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