The History of Father’s Day.

Well, as we head into the weekend with Father’s Day rapidly approaching, we thought it would be a nice change of pace from the bombardment of “Dads and Grads” advertisements to give a bit of insight into how Father’s Day came to be.

There are various accounts, but the most historians believe that Father’s Day was first celebrated in Fairmont, West Virginia on July 5 of 1908.  This first recognition was organized by Mrs. Grace Golden Clayton, to commemorate 210 fathers who had been lost in a mining disaster.  Clayton chose the Sunday nearest the birthday of her own father.

Unfortunately, Clayton did not register the holiday and credit for Father’s Day went to Sonora Dodd of Spokane Washington, who invented the holiday independently, 2 years later.

It wasn’t until 1972, after a few false starts, and much political and social wrangling, that Father’s Day was officially signed into law as a national holiday by Richard Nixon.  It was deemed that Father’s Day would occur on the 3rd Sunday in June.

And so it was…

Of course since then Father’s has been highly commercialized, even satirized with gift suggestions, and even lists of “Worst Father’s Day Gifts.”

Here at Yark Automotive Group, we still think it’s an important holiday, and a chance to recognize the men who have made such great sacrifices and contributions, enriching the lives of so many.

We would like to hear some Fatherly feedback from the members of our community.

1.  What is the most important lesson your father ever taught you?  (can be something simple or profound.)
2.  What is the best Father’s Day gift you ever gave?  The best gift you ever got?
3.  What are you planning on doing for your father this year?

Have fun with these.  We look forward to hearing your responses.


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