Celebrating Father’s Day Originally Began in Washington State
The third Sunday in June (which will be this coming weekend) has been set aside to honor dear 'ol dad. Of course you knew that but did you know that Father's Day -- the internationally-celebrated holiday -- was started right here in the state of Washington? Spokane, to be precise.
According to the Wikipedia entry, "Father's Day was founded in Spokane, Washington at the YMCA in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd, who was born in Arkansas. Its first celebration was in the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910. Her father, the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who raised his six children there. After hearing a sermon about Anna Jarvis's Mother's Day at Central Methodist Episcopal Church in 1909, she told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday honoring them. Although she initially suggested June 5, her father's birthday, the pastors did not have enough time to prepare their sermons, and the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday of June."
Friday morning (6/18) on the "Todd & Timmy Show", we'd like to give a shout out to your dad - biological, step or maybe the man that filled that role for you in your life. Send us their name via the free 94.5 KATS mobile app and we'll give them a shout on the air! Also, if you have a really bad (good?) Dad Joke, fire it off to us!
From my dad Don Lyons, from Timmy's dad Jeff Hubert and from me (Todd) and my son Drew, we wish all the dads a very happy Father's Day!