Father's Day Fast Facts

(CNN)Here is a look at Father's Day, celebrated the third Sunday in June.


June 20, 2021 - Father's Day.
Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington, is credited with starting Father's Day after hearing a sermon on Mother's Day while attending church with her father. Dodd wanted to honor her father, William Jackson Smart, a Civil War veteran who raised six children after his wife died during childbirth.
According to Hallmark, Father's Day is the fourth-largest card-sending occasion with 72 million cards given every year.
According to the National Retail Federation's annual survey:
Consumer spending on Father's Day is expected to surpass a record $20 billion in 2022.
In 2022, nearly 76% of US adults intend to celebrate Father's Day.


1910 - Spokane celebrates the first Father's Day on June 19.
1924 - President Calvin Coolidge publicly supports plans for a national Father's Day.
1966 - President Lyndon Johnson signs a proclamation calling for Father's Day to be celebrated on the third Sunday of June.
1972 - President Richard Nixon signs into law a permanent recognition of Father's Day.