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Fathers Day is celebrated by families all around the world and this year is no exception.

While it’s certainly going to look different due to social distancing measures, Fathers Day will still be happening all around the world.

In fact, the history of Father’s Day is quite long and controversial. So what is Father’s Day, and how did it originate?

When is Father’s Day in 2020?

If you haven’t started thinking about ideas for creative gifts and ways to celebrate (while complying with social distancing), worry not.

Father’s Day is on June 21 this year, which still leaves you with plenty of time to prepare.

Where did Father’s Day come from?

This was the country’s first-ever event to strictly honor fathers, but it was just a one-and-done thing. Nothing really came of it.

The following year, however, a woman named Sonora Smart Dodd started her quest to establish Father’s Day as a national holiday.

Dodd was one of six raised by her single father and thought fathers should be honored the same way as mothers.

After a year of petitioning her local community and government, Dodd’s home state of Washington celebrated its first official Father’s Day on June 19, 1910.

Over the years, the celebration of Father’s Day spread from state to state, and after a long fight, it was finally declared a national holiday in 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed it into law.

It took more than 60 years from the birth of the idea to Father’s Day actually being recognized as a federal holiday, and a lot sure did happen at that time.

According to, in the 1920s and 1930s, there was a national movement to get rid of both Mother’s and Father’s Day and replace them with one “Parent’s Day.”

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