Happy Father’s Day to everyone! I will be lucky enough to be celebrating the day with my daughter’s and our traditional breakfast at Ohana’s at Disney’s Polynesian Resort followed by some fun in the Magic Kingdom.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Washington, first proposed the idea of a father’s day in 1909. Dodd wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart, a widowed Civil War veteran who was raising six children on a farm by himself. The first Father’s Day celebration occurred on June 19, 1910, because it was the month of Smart’s birth.
In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. President Richard M. Nixon signed the public law that made Father’s Day permanent in 1972.
Father’s Day has become a day to honor your father, but also a day to honor all men who act as father figures, including uncles, stepfathers, brothers, and grandfathers.
To celebrate the fun for today, here are some fun facts about the day:
- There are estimated 70.1 million fathers across the U.S.A.
- 25.3 million fathers were part of married families with children younger than 18
- There are 1.8 million single fathers (15% of the total single parents in America)
- There are estimated to be 154,000 stay-at-home dads
Wrapping it Up
I was fortunate to have a tremendous father involved in my life. We are closer now and I am thankful for the great impact he has had on my life. I hope that you have had someone in your life who has taken the time to encourage, engage and love you unconditionally; it may not be a dad, or even a man but we all need that guidance from someone. Today, celebrate with that person who has had that impact on you.