Father’s Day is fast approaching and families everywhere are gearing up to celebrate the special men in their lives. But did you know that the path to having an official Father’s Day wasn’t easy?
The nation’s first “Father’s Day was proclaimed on July 19, 1910 by the governor of Washington, but it was not until 1972 that it became a nationwide holiday celebrated officially in the united States. That’s a full 58 years after President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day official for U.S. citizens!
Why was it so hard to get fathers the recognition they so obviously deserve? It is said that the campaign to celebrate our nation’s fathers simply was not met with the same enthusiasm because fathers just don’t have the sentimental appeal that mothers have. It was thought that many men scoffed at the idea of sentimental gift giving and commercial gimmicks.
Father’s Day came up on even more opposition during the 1920s and 1930s when a movement arose to scrap separate Mother’s and Father’s Day in favor of a single Parent’s Day. Ultimately, these efforts failed, and Father’s Day went on to become the nationally recognized holiday we know today when Richard Nixon signed a proclamation to make it a federal holiday in 1972.
American families have proven that they love to celebrate our nations fathers by spending more than $1 billion each year on Father’s Day gifts. That’s a lot of love!
This Father’s Day we invite you to celebrate the dads in your life with a family trip to Flancer’s, where we are serving up a delicious special Father’s Day menu. We are featuring braised short ribs served over roasted garlic and cheddar mashed potatoes, followed by Chef Steve’s amazing homemade carrot cake with a spiced rum frosting.
Nothing says I love you like a shared meal with the family, making memories with the incredible fathers in your life, and Flancer’s is pleased to welcome dads and families on this special day.