Although Mother’s day was named a national holiday in 1908, attempts at establishing a day similarly commemorating fathers had a little more trouble getting off the ground. It was Washington State which first observed a statewide Father’s Day on July 19, 1910. In 1916, President Wilson honored the day; in 1924, President Coolidge encouraged state governments to establish an official Father’s Day.
In the 1930s, many gathered yearly on Mother’s Day to promote an alternative to both Mother’s & Father’s Day – a combination holiday called Parents’ Day, of which activist and radio actor Robert Spere argued “that both parents should be loved and respected together.” However, the Great Depression and the onset of World War II worked together to promote a “Second Christmas: for hardworking fathers, and subsequently to honor the troop and support the war effort. By the end of the war, Father’s Day was a national institution, if not yet a federal holiday. That proclamation came from Richard Nixon in 1972, many years later.
Dad’s Grill Basket
Although many may not think of florists when it comes to Father’s Day, Nanz & Kraft Florists have a variety of gifts designed just for Dad – sports and fishing themed planters, like our Gone Fishin’ Planter; or Dad’s Grill Basket, worthy of a world champion barbecue master.
Nanz & Kraft Florists of Louisville have great gifts for Dad for Father’s Day, and every day. Call us at 800-897-6551 to place your order before the rush – and make sure Dad knows just how special he is. Father’s Day is June 21 – call or stop in today!