Father’s Day is celebrated annually on the third Sunday in June. This day is set aside to honor the the role that fathers play in the family structure and society.
After the success of Mother’s Day, Father’s Day observations began to show up. The road to this national observance was not easy.
- The first recorded observance of Father’s Day happened after the Monongraph Mining Disaster which killed 361 men and left around 1,000 children fatherless in December 1907. Grace Golden Clayton suggested to her pastor Robert Thomas Webb to honor all those fathers. On July 5th, 1908, a gathering in honor of these men took place at Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South, now known as Central United Methodist Church, in Fairmont, West Virginia.
- In 1910, the YMCA in Spokane, Washington recruited several clergymen with the help of Sonora Smart Dodd to honor fathers throughout the city. The date was set for June 5th but was later changed to June 19th (the 3rd Sunday in June) as many of the clergy needed more time to prepare.
- Harry C. Meek, member of Lions Clubs International, claimed that he had first the idea for Father’s Day in 1915. Meek claimed that the third Sunday of June was chosen because it was his birthday. The Lions Club has named him “Originator of Father’s Day”. Meek made many efforts to promote Father’s Day and make it an official holiday.
- After a visit to Spokane in 1916 to speak at a Father’s Day celebration, President Woodrow Wilson wanted to make it official, but congress resisted fearing that the observation would become to commercialized.
- President Calvin Coolidge stopped short of issuing a national proclamation in 1924
- Sonora Smart Dodd continued to work to make Father’s Day a national observation. In 1938 she worked with the Father’s Day Council, a group of New York Men’s Wear Retailers for the commercial promotion of the observation. Many Americans resisted the holiday for decades because of these attempts to commercialize the day.
- In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers on the third Sunday in June.
- President Richard Nixon signed into law a permanent national holiday in 1972. This is over 50 years after Mother’s Day came into assistance.
The day is now celebrated in many countries across the world.
NATIONAL PEACHES ‘N’ CREAM DAY
Annually celebrated on June 21, it is National Peaches ‘n’ Cream Day. Peaches ‘n’ Cream sound like a perfect way to start summer solstice. Actually, it sounds like the perfect way to end summer solstice as well!
(See National Daylight Appreciation Day for the meaning of summer solstice.)
Peaches ‘n’ Cream is a simple, traditional and delicious summertime dessert.
Following are two favorite, “tried and true” recipes for you to make and enjoy:
NATIONAL PEACHES ‘N’ CREAM DAY HISTORY
Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Peaches ‘n’ Cream Day, an “unofficial” National holiday.
NATIONAL DAYLIGHT APPRECIATION DAY
National Daylight Appreciation Day is observed each year on June 21. This day recognizes summer solstice (the longest day of daylight in the northern hemisphere) and encourages people to celebrate the many benefits of the sun.
National Daylight Appreciation Day is also a day to learn more about the importance of daylighting. Daylighting is defined as lighting an indoor space with openings, such as windows and skylights, that will allow daylight into the home or building. Daylighting is chosen to save energy, to avoid hypothesized adverse health effects of over-illumination by artificial light and for aesthetics. Daylight factor is the ratio between the measured internal and external light levels of the amount of daylight that is received into an indoor space or room.
Installing fewer electric lights because daylight is present or dimming/switching electric lights automatically in response to the presence of daylight can reduce artificial lighting energy. This process is known as daylight harvesting.
Daylight has positive psychological effects; it can boost your mental health and help to lower depression as well as help with increased energy levels. The Vitamin D, that we naturally get from the sun, has many health benefits for us.
Enjoy the summer solstice, enjoy the sunshine and let the sun, shine into your home!
NATIONAL DAYLIGHT APPRECIATION DAY HISTORY
National Daylight Appreciation Day, an “unofficial” National holiday is sponsored by Solatube International, Inc., a manufacturer of Tubular Daylighting Devices.