Enjoy guaranteed delivery of your Father’s Day gifts by June 19 if you finalize your order as late as June 14.
Although Americans start to celebrate a Mother’s Day during the 1860’s, an idea conceived by activist Ann Reeves Jarvis to bring together the mothers of Confederate and Union soldiers, the holiday is not commercialized until 1908 when Ms. Jarvis’s daughter Anna honors her own mother by making Mother’s Day a national holiday -one that retailers support, inspired by its great potential. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson proclaims the second Sunday in May a holiday in honor of “that tender, gentle army, the mothers of America.”
Celebration of Fathers Spreads from West to East
In 1909, Sonora Smart Dodd, one of six children raised by her widower father in Spokane, Washington, rallies neighbors with the idea of celebrating male parents as we do our mothers, which leads to the first Father’s Day on July 19, 1910. Slowly, the holiday takes hold across the country –in the hearts of the nation’s children, at first. Fathers, however, continue to scoff at the idea of a sentimental day of gift-giving, an attempt to domesticate the manliness of men and mostly, another reason to sell more products to the doting public.
National Institution Becomes Federal Holiday
Just before the Great Depression in 1929, a movement in support of a Parents Day makes headway, a chance to love and respect both mothers and fathers with equal measure – and to de-commercialize both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Yet, because retailers are struggling, advertisers and the “mad men” of the era conjure up ways to make Father’s Day a legitimate holiday in the hearts of the entire nation, suggesting gifts such as neckties, hats, socks, pipes and tobacco, golf clubs and other sporting goods, and greeting cards, as well as honoring American troops in support of the World War II effort. Amazingly, it isn’t until 1972 that President Richard Nixon signs a proclamation making Father’s Day a federal holiday.
Today, we spend more than an estimated $1 billion each year on Father’s Day gifts for the over 70 million fathers in the United States.
Make Dad Smile
Whether it’s a tumbler, picture frame or his own barbecue set, express your love and gratitude for your father with a customized gift from PlaqueMaker. Include favorite photos, personal messages, even that special story of how great he is.
Enjoy free shipping of your Father’s Day gift for orders $99+ by June 19 if you finalize your order by June 3. Delivery is guaranteed by June 19 is you finalize your order June 13 with a 2nd Day Shipping Upgrade or by June 14 with Next Day Shipping Upgrade.