Ever wonder where all of these holidays come from? I often do. So to that end I decided to look into the history of Father’s Day and learned as celebrations go it’s a relatively new one. First observed in Fairmont, West Virginia on July 5, 1908, the celebration was organized to commemorate the 210 fathers lost during the Monongah Mining disaster of December 6, 1907. Unfortunately West Virginia did not officially register the holiday, and it would be two years before another attempt would be made to for official recognition.
The actual bill however to bestow national recognition did not get officially introduced to Congress until 1913, and even with President Woodrow Wilson visiting Spokane in 1916 to speak at a Father’s Day celebration intending to make the day official, Congress resisted, fearing that the day would become commercialized. And so Father’s Day disappeared into obscurity largely forgotten. Surprisingly it’s President Richard Nixon we have to thank for its revival, whose 1972 proclamation finally established Father’s Day as a nationally recognized and observed holiday.