The History of Father’s Day in the US can be traced back to 1908, when a church in West Virginia celebrated the first Father’s Day service. The service was devoted to 360 coal miners who died in an explosion seven months earlier. This event was relatively isolated, and in the years to come, Father’s Day services did not occur on the same dates. However, it did have a lasting effect on the American consciousness and history.
The origins of Father’s Day as we know it today can be traced back to the retail industry, which pushed for its creation. In 1938, the National Dry Goods Retail Organization supported the idea and wanted it to become as big as Mother’s Day, which had already been commercialized. Soon after, other producers got behind the idea, resulting in the formation of the National Council for the Promotion of Father’s Day (now known as the Father’s Day Mother’s Day Council). The celebration was later nationally recognized in the 1970s.
The very first Father’s Day was celebrated in the state of Washington. This idea quickly spread across the United States, and soon more states adopted Father’s Day. The idea was approved by President Calvin Coolidge in 1924, Several years later, in 1966, President Lyndon Johnson proclaimed the third Sunday of June as a national holiday.