Just in case you were wondering how this all started. Believe it or not the first Father’s Day was celebrated in Spokane, Washington at the YMCA on June 19, 1909. It was founded by Sonora Smart Dodd. After hearing a sermon about Mother’s Day she told her pastor that there should be a day honoring fathers. Her father William Smart was a civil war veteran and a single parent raising his 6 children. While, Father’s Day continued to be celebrated it did not become a permanent national holiday until President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972 to be celebrated on the third Sunday in June.