While Father’s Day has been celebrated for hundreds of years, it was not observed in the United States until the 20th century and might not have gained attention without the creation of Mother’s Day.
Anna Jarvis was the champion of Mother’s Day, successfully lobbying for the holiday’s first celebration in the early 1900s. There was an attempt at a celebration of Father’s Day in Fairmont, West Virginia, on July 5, 1908. The purpose of Father’s Day was to complement Mother’s Day by recognizing the father’s role in parenting. It didn’t gain a widespread following, until…
In reality, Father’s Day would not have reached the status that we know today without the efforts of another woman, Sonora Smart Dodd. One of the reasons that Dodd was so passionate about the holiday was that she and her siblings were raised by a single father, William Smart.
Dodd was inspired to start a national holiday for fathers after hearing a sermon at her church about Anna Jarvis’s effort to establish Mother’s Day. Based on Dodd’s efforts, several politicians attempted to formalize the holiday with little success. U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson designated the celebration of Father’s Day with a presidential proclamation, and Father’s Day was made a national holiday in 1972 by President Richard M. Nixon.
There’s no better time to make a smiling image with your Dad – for a good cause. For Father’s Day, check this out at this ADA Foundation site. Take a shot of the family brushing together and grinning, flossing, brushing, or going to your dentist – be as creative as you like!
Then share it with #Timetosmile, on Facebook or Twitter, Instagram or Google+ – several sponsors will donate to the free dental care for underserved children, Give Kids A Smile.