Although celebrated nowadays, it took the campaign for Father’s Day six decades before they declared it a national holiday in the United States.
Through the efforts of Grace Golden Clayton, the first known Father’s Day service occurred on July 5, 1908, in Fairmont, West Virginia. They held it at the Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South, now known as Central United Methodist Church. This is in honor of the 250 fathers who died in an explosion on the Monongah Mining Disaster. But Clayton did not promote the event, and little was it known outside Fermont. Hence, it did not become an annual event.
It was in 1909 when Sonora Smart Dodd, born in Arkansas, and a daughter of a civil war veteran named William Jackson Smart, started the campaign for a Father's Day celebration to honor and recognize the courage and devotion of all fathers like his dad.
Sonora's mother, Ellen, died when she was 16. Leaving his father William as a single parent to Sonora and her five brothers. She always said that her father did both parental roles with "leadership and love." And she thought he deserves credit for that.
After hearing a sermon on one of the first official Mother’s Day services at the Central Methodist Episcopal Church in 1909 at Spokane, Washington, she brought the idea to her pastor that fathers should have the same holiday to honor them.
The first Father's Day celebration was in the Spokane (Washington) YMCA on June 19, 1910. Although Sonora suggested June 5, her father's birthday, the pastors chose the third Sunday of June so they would have enough time to prepare their sermons.
For many years Sonora Smart Dodd continued to campaign to celebrate Father's Day, raising awareness on the national level.
In 1966 Sonora’s campaign for an annual Father’s Day celebration materialized when President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation designating the third Sunday in June as Father's Day.
And in 1972, President Richard Nixon signed it into law, making Father's Day a national holiday.
Six years later, after realizing her dream for Father’s Day, on March 22, 1978. Sonora Smart Dodd died at 96.
On June 21, we will celebrate Father's Day. For the man who sacrificed his needs and wants just to give his children the best he could, a small token of appreciation will wipe the hardships he endured for his family.
Aside from the wonderful beer gifts we have at Noble Brewer, we handpicked the best beer gifts and other special gifts that you can give your Dad. Remember; the thought counts in giving gifts. No matter how small the gift is, expressing our love to our Dad is priceless.
A magnificent gift idea for those who love craft beer and for those who are just getting to it. It's a pressurized growler just like a miniature keg that can keep beer fresh and carbonated for 2 weeks or more.
They built this Growlerfor life. It has a lifetime warranty. We can keep beer cold for 24 hours. We can also use it for hot beverages and keep it hot for 18 hours. The wide mouth allows for quick filling and cleaning.
The perfect mini keg for the craft beer lover. Keeps your cold beverages cold for 45 hours, and warm beverages warm for 25 hours.
A perfect gift to start homebrewing. Dad will surely enjoy a new hobby in brewing beer. Let him read our blog about homebrewing to better introduce him to the art of making beer.
Keep drinks cold for 5 hours without ice or ice sheet. Backpack friendly, great for hiking, picnic, golf, beach. It resembles a laptop case. Good for hiding beer and wine.
Among the best in the world and rated one of the best kitchenware brands available today. Open glass and plastic bottles with less to no effort at all. You can put your drink on hold and seal the bottle by sliding the product to the brim of the glass to keep its freshness.
A personalized beer caddy with your Dad's name and single initial on it is a sure standout.
A one of a kind gift with a handmade touch. Imagine the look on your Dad's face when he opens this personalized whiskey decanter set. Customized to your requirement. It has a LIFETIME GUARANTEE. A gift that will surely last a lifetime.
Personalized this thick and sturdy glass with your text. An impressive gift your Dad will love.
A 2-in-1 gift pack. A 16 oz. pint glass and a bottle opener with laser-etched engraving.
Other special gifts for Father’s Day
A "Daddy's girl" splendid gift on Father's Day. Warning: You might move your Dad to tears with this heartwarming message.
A perfect Father and Daughter matching T-shirt for Father's Day.
Willis Judd DAD Titanium Bracelet
Made of pure titanium. The bracelet is 100% hypoallergenic. Engraved with "Dad" on the front, and “Love You Dad” on the back. The bracelet includes an adjusting tool and easy to follow instructional video link to adjust the size of the bracelet to fit your wrist.
A cool and unique gift for Dad. A 12 in 1 gadget that fits the pocket. Dad doesn't have to bring the whole toolbox anymore.
An exciting gift set for Father's Day. Open a wine bottle in 7 seconds. The kit includes 4 AA batteries (NiMh), Automatic Rechargeable Corkscrew, Foil Cutter, Wine Pourer, Vacuum Wine Stopper, Charger, Manual. It oxygenates the air for better wine pouring and pumps the air out to keep the wine fresh.
A 4 in 1 tool. It is a ballpoint pen, flashlight, glass breaker, and bottle opener. Made from CNC Machine AIRCRAFT GRADE ALUMINUM for superior strength. Used by Military Pilots, Navy SEALS, SWAT, and other challenging professions.
How I wish my Dad was still alive. I will surely give him one of these amazing gifts. He is a great Dad, a wonderful husband, and the best Grandpa. He always thinks of his children first before thinking of himself. It is still vivid in my memory, the look on his face every time we give him something to express our love and appreciation. The look is priceless. It is difficult to put it in words. But, I always feel the overflowing happiness that he deeply feels inside.
Let us remember our Dad on Father's Day. Say, "I LOVE YOU, DAD!"