7 Things You Never Knew About Father’s Day

Genevieve Fish

Mother’s Day often takes the cake in terms of parent celebration days, but we know we wouldn’t be who we are without our dads. To learn more on the topic, Intuit QuickBooks recently put together research on consumer spending on Father's Day versus Mother's Day and shared some interesting facts on how the two holidays differ. Sorry, dads, but it turns out more money is spent finding the perfect candle or bathrobe for Mom rather than the most stylish tie or barbecue accessory for Dad. But that's not to say we don't love dear old Dad just the same and won't be celebrating him on Sunday. In anticipation, we rounded up some interesting facts about Father's Day and its history. Keep scrolling to check them out! 

  1. President Nixon signed Father’s Day as a public law in 1972.
     
  2. However, the first Father’s Day on record was on June 19, 1910. Sonora Dodd created the day as a way to show her appreciation for her father, William Smart, a Civil War veteran, widower, and wonderful father to his six children.
     
  3. In Thailand, the King’s Birthday also serves as National Father’s Day and is celebrated with fireworks and acts of charity and honor. We think that’s the perfect excuse to give these little champagne poppers to your dad this weekend.
  4. In Alaska, pre-holiday sales for Father’s Day are 25% higher than the pre-holiday sales before Mother’s Day.
     
  5. In Mississippi, pre-holiday sales for Mother’s Day are 30% higher than those for Father’s Day.
     
  6. According to the National Retail Federation, the U.S. population spent over $12 billion on Father’s Day in 2014.
     
  7. There are an estimated 70.1 million fathers in the United States.
     

Need some Father's Day gift ideas? Head over to our Father's Day gift guide.

Do you love celebrating your dad? Share your favorite Father’s Day memory in the comments below!

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