2015 Father's Day Guide

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Wondering what to do with your family for Father's Day this year? Sonoma County Kids has some great ideas for you! Browse through the list of Father's Day events and let us know if we have missed any.

Happy Father's Day to all our wonderful Dads and GrandDads out there!



Looking for a homemade gift idea for Dad? Check out our HAND-DECORATED APRON idea.

Fun for kids to make, fun for Dads to wear!



Do you know the History of Father's Day in the United States?

The world owes thanks to Ms Sonora Louise Smart Dodd, from Spokane, Washington, for the creation of Father's Day.

The idea of a Father's Day celebration originated in Sonora's mind when she listened to a Mother's Day sermon in 1909. Sonora wondered why we honored mothers and not fathers. Sonora felt strongly for fathers because of the affection she received from her own father, Mr. William Jackson Smart, a Civil War veteran. Sonora's mother died during childbirth when she was just 16. Mr. Smart raised the newborn and five other children with love and care.

Inspired by Ms Anna Jarvis's struggle to promote Mother's Day, Ms Dodd began a rigorous campaign to celebrate Father's Day in the U.S. The Spokane Ministerial Association and the local Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) supported Sonora's cause. As a result, Spokane celebrated its first Father's Day on June 19, 1910. Though there was initial hesitation the idea gained gradual popularity all over US and Fathers Day came to be celebrated in cities across the country.

President Woodrow Wilson approved the Father's Day idea in 1916. President Calvin Coolidge also supported the idea of a national Father's Day in 1924 to "establish more intimate relations between fathers and their children and to impress upon fathers the full measure of their obligations." After a struggle of over four decades, President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the third Sunday of June as Father's Day in 1966. Then in 1972, President Richard Nixon established a permanent national observance of Father's Day to be held on the third Sunday of June. Sonora Smart Dodd was honored for her contribution at the World's Fair in Spokane in 1974. Mrs. Dodd died in 1978 at age 96.

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