Father’s Day, an international holiday celebrating fatherhood and the influence of fathers in society, is coming up soon so we’re priming you with a tattoo gallery all about celebrating fathers. The holiday is held on the third Sunday of June and lands on June 19th this year.
In the early months of 1908, Anna Jarvis promoted, organized and successfully ran the first Mother’s Day celebration in Grafton, West Virginia. Grace Golden Clayton, inspired by Anna Jarvis’ work, organized the first Father’s Day celebration on July 5th, 1908 in Fairmont, West Virginia. It doubly served as a celebration to honor the 250 fathers that had passed away during the Monongah Mining Disaster that occurred in December the previous year.
The celebration continued to be held off-and-on for decades, coming close to being made an official national US holiday many times until President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers in 1966 – during which he designated the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. Six years later, Father’s Day was signed into law as a permanent national holiday by President Richard Nixon. Today it is celebrated around the world.
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