The nation’s first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, in Washington after Sanora Smart Dodd wanted to designate a day for her dad, a widower and father to six children. She attended a sermon on Mother’s Day which sparked a movement to celebrate the fathers in her hometown. A few years later in 1914, Woodrow Wilson declared the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.
However, it wasn’t until 1972 that Father’s Day was named an official holiday by President Richard Nixon. Today, families gather for barbecues, pool parties and more to celebrate the fathers in their lives.