Father's Day in the United States is on the third Sunday of June. This day celebrates the contribution that our fathers and father figures make for their children's lives. There are a range of events, which may have inspired the idea of Father's Day. One of these was the start of the Mother's Day tradition in the first decade of the 20th century. Another was a memorial service held in 1908 for a large group of men, many of them fathers, who were killed in a mining accident in Monongah, West Virginia in December 1907.
A woman called Sonora Smart Dodd was an influential figure in the establishment of Father's Day. Her father raised six children by himself after the death of their mother. This was uncommon at that time, as many widowers placed their children in the care of others or quickly married again.
Sonora was inspired by the work of Anna Jarvis, who had pushed for Mother's Day celebrations. Sonora felt that her father deserved recognition for what he had done. The first time Father's Day was held in June was in 1910. Father's Day was officially recognized as a holiday in 1972 by President Nixon.
Local activities for Father’s Day:
Father's Day at the Zoo will be all day Saturday, June 16th at the Dickerson Park Zoo from 9 a.m. through 5 p.m.
Cox Health Car and bike classic will be Saturday, June 16th. Entry is $25 per vehicle, and includes a T-shirt. Any car, truck or bike is eligible to enter. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of Ferrell-Duncan Clinic (1001 E. Primrose St., Springfield). Visitors are welcome to attend for free, and vote to help decide the winners.
The 2018 Father’s Day Classic in Branson, MO at Ballparks of America will be held June 16th through June 22nd. Ballparks of America was created by three baseball Dads who wanted to bring back the joy of baseball and its power to bring friends and family closer together and create lifetime memories.