7 Father’s Day Facts You Might Not Know

Father’s Day is celebrated annually in the United States on the third Saturday in June.

Here are some interesting facts about Father’s Day.

Father’s Day Date Various by Country

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Father’s Day is not unique to the United States, with 111 countries having a Father’s Day.

While the third Saturday of June is the most common date, the Father’s Day date varies.

For example, Father’s Day is celebrated in Australia on the first Sunday in September. And in Sweden, Father’s Day is the second Sunday in November.

Source: Finder.com

The First Unofficial Father’s Day

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The first official unofficial Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910.

The credit for the creation of Father’s Day goes to Sonora Smart Dodd. Her dad was a widower.

Sonora wanted a day like Mother’s Day that would celebrate Fathers. She gained support from local churches, government, and the community.

Father’s Day Becomes a National Holiday

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President Richard Nixon signed the legislation that made Father’s Day a national holiday in the United States in 1972.

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Roses Are the Official Flower

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The rose is the official flower for Father’s Day in the United States, according to Father’s Day Celebration.

This choice of flower originates with the holiday’s founder. Sonora Smart Dodd started the tradition of wearing a red rose if your father is alive and a white rose to indicate that he’s deceased.

A Popular Day for Greeting Cards

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Hallmark has been selling Father’s Day cards since the early 1920s.

Father’s Day is the fourth largest holiday for sending cards in the United States, with 72 million cards sold annually.

About 25% of the cards are funny Father’s Day cards.

Spending Plans

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The National Retail Federation (NRF) estimates that $29.9 billion with be spent on Father’s Day in 2023.

The top gift categories are special outings (including meals), clothing, gift cards, and electronics.

Father’s Day Lags Behind Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day spending still beats Father’s Day spending.

The NRF estimated that $35.7 billion would be spent on Mother’s Day in 2023.

That’s $5.8 million more than the projected Father’s Day spending.

Source: National Retail Federation

A Thank You Message for Dad

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The NRF data reports that 61% of those purchasing a Father’s Day gift plan to give their dad a Greeting Card.

This year, you could surprise Dad by writing a quick thank you message to thank him for everything he does in his Father’s Day Card.

25 Father’s Day Thank-You Messages For Your Dad’s Card

Father’s Day Memes

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There are funny memes for Father’s Day that may give you a chuckle.

15 Funny Father’s Day Memes

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