Father’s Day, primarily a US holiday, is celebrated on the third Sunday of June (the 19th this year). Father’s Day was created by Sonora Smart Dodd, to honor her father, the veteran William Jackson Smart. He was a single parent who reared his six children in Spokane, Washington. The first June Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910. Widespread support was immediate from such figures as William Jennings Bryant. President Wilson Woodrow Wilson was personally feted by his family in 1916. President Calvin Coolidge (Vermont) recommended it as a national holiday in 1924. Finally, in 1966, President Lyndon Johnson made Father’s Day a holiday, although it was not officially recognized until 1972.
Consumers have adopted the holiday sending greeting cards and male-oriented gifts such as sports and electronics. Books ALSO make a great gift, and Dad will love the thrifty nature of shopping in our Bookstore! Make a stop and Andy’s Liquor and pair a book with our Great Library Wine (a portion of the proceeds supports the Library as well). Mother’s Day is more popular for phone calls than Father’s Day, but it is interesting to note that the percentage of collect calls on Father’s Day is much higher, making it the busiest day of the year for collect calls. They also talk longer than average phone calls. Don’t forget to call!