Thursday, June 9, 2016
Father's Day Facts
Happy Father’s Day! We all are fathers, know fathers or have had a dad. Want to celebrate dads by learning some of the facts behind this holiday?
1. Sonora Dodd thought of Father’s Day to honor her father, William Smart.
2. William Smart was a single parent. He raised six children after his wife’s death. He was also a Civil War veteran.
3. The first Father’s Day happened in Spokane, Washington on June 17, 1910.
4. Sonora and the mayor of Spokane chose June as the month to celebrate because William Smart’s birthday was in June.
5. In 1966, President Johnson picked the third Sunday in June for Father’s Day, but it wasn’t until 1972 when President Nixon was in office that the holiday became permanent.
6. Just how many dads are there? In 2008, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the number of fathers in the nation to be 70.1 million.
7. Also the U.S. Census Bureau reports that in 2013 there were over twenty-four million fathers living in married couple homes and had children under the age of 18.
8. In 2013 survey the Bureau found that two million fathers were single parents.
9. That sounds like a huge number, but it’s actually only 17 percent of the single parents.
10. About 4.2 percent of the single dads were widowed while 33 percent had never married,
44 percent were divorced and 19 percent were separated.
11. In 2011, stay-at-home dads took care of 18% of all preschoolers.
12. These stay-at-home fathers number around 214,000.
13. What will fathers likely do this Father’s Day? Well, it’s a good bet they’ll barbecue. In 2010, 79.1 million Americans participated in a barbecue.
Dads are pretty important. I hope that you’ll have a chance to celebrate with one or more of these great guys this month!