Every June Father’s Day rolls around and dads across the country are celebrated and honored. Here are some fun and interesting facts about the federal holiday.
Single Father Sparks Holiday
The idea for Father’s Day is attributed to Sonora Dodd, who was raised by her father after her mother died giving birth to one of Sonora’s siblings. Sonora chose June for the holiday because her father was born in June.
In the United States, the day was officially designated as a federal holiday in 1972, although the state of Washington — through the efforts of Dodd — did celebrate the day as early as 1910.
Not everyone was crazy about the idea of Father’s Day and during the 1920s and 1930s there was actually a movement to scrap the ever popular Mother’s Day and create a Parents Day to celebrate mothers and fathers at the same time.
Mother’s Day vs. Father’s Day
According to HR Block Americans spent about 50 percent less for Father’s Day than they do for Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day spending is around $14.6 billion compared to $9.4 billion spent to celebrate Father’s Day.
Cards and Gifts
HR Block also says that the average gift price for dad is about $91 (mom’s is around $124), and Father’s Day is the fourth largest card-sending holiday. Mother’s Day, of course, tops it and is number one.
25 Million Strong
Well almost, according to the U.S. Census, in 2013 there were 24.7 million fathers who were part of married-couple families with children under the age of 18.
How Do Children Decide What to Buy?
They do a search on the Internet. According to Mashable magazine, 70 percent turn to the Web to find a gift for dad — but only 33 percent buy it online.
Father’s Day in September?
Unlike the United States and Great Britain where Father’s Day is always the third Sunday in June, Australia celebrates the day on the first Sunday in September.
Will You Accept This Call?
Father’s Day in the number one day for collect calls.