Father’s Day Trivia – 6 Facts You Didn’t Know

Father’s Day is pretty common to almost every household in North America, and has been for as long as most of us can remember. But where did it come from? How did it happen? Who started this Dad love in? Have fathers always been celebrated in June since the beginning of time or a little later than that?

Amazingly Father’s Day has been around for a time. But it’s only relatively recently that is has become entrenched and celebrated. Well, I figured you’d like to know some interesting Father’s Day trivia in honor of this June holiday. So here’s a bit more information and some cool Father’s Day trivia.



Father’s Day Trivia – Little Known Facts

Like all holidays, Father’s Day feels like an institution of the family that’s been around since the dawn of time, but have you ever really asked yourself what you know about Father’s Day? I did a little research and thought it would be cool to share the news with you! Here are some interesting facts about this holiday that most of you probably didn’t know.


The First Use of “Dad”

The first use of the word “Dad” is thought to date back as far as the sixteenth century.

The First Father’s Day

Father’s Day was first celebrated on June 19, 1910 in Spokane, Washington. Sonora Louise Smart Dodd started the tradition in honor of her father, William Smart, a Civil War veteran.

Presidential Approval

In 1916, Woodrow Wilson approved observing an annual Father’s Day. in 1924, Calvin Coolidge made it a national event. In 1966, Lyndon B. Johnson signed a presidential proclamation that third Sunday in June would forever be Father’s Day. Finally, in 1972, Richard Nixon signed Father’s Day into law as a permanent holiday.

Lots of Cards

It might strike you as a no-brainer that cards would be a big deal for this holiday, but here’s a bit of Father’s Day trivia for you. It’s the fifth largest card-sending holiday in the world according to Hallmark. In fact, an estimated $100 million in card sales go towards husbands, grandfathers, uncles, sons, and sons-in-law, all of whom are honoured on the day.

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Ties, Tools, and Toys

The most popular Father’s Day gift is the neck tie. Following closely behind are hammers, wrenches, screwdrivers, golf clubs, and fishing rods.

Father’s Day has an Official Flower

The rose is the official flower of Father’s Day. Wearing a red rose indicates that you have a living father, while a white rose signifies that your father has passed.

Father’s Day Trivia is Fun!

Father’s Day trivia is a fun way to add a little something to the holiday. So this Father’s Day, stump your family with your knowledge of the holiday with these fun Father’s Day trivia facts!


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  • lori

    I enjoyed learning the fun trivia facts about Father’s Day. Never knew so many steps went into a day an official holiday. I was really surprised to learn that the rose is the official flower. I want to look up the history of Mother’s Day now too.

  • jeni

    I had no idea that many people sent Father’s Day cards! I always knew Mother’s Day was a big deal, but I never had a clue how big of a deal Father’s Day was!

  • Claudia Krusch

    These are great facts about Fathers Day. I will have to pull out some of this trivia on Fathers Day this year.

  • Victoria Heckstall

    I really enjoyed reading this topic, I’ve been curious too about the trivia. It such a great learning.

  • rika

    Love these fun facts! Very interesting! My kids love Trivia, can’t wait to play this on Fathers Day!

  • Amanda Love

    I love reading trivia whenever a holiday is fast approaching. I can’t believe how fast time flies though, we just celebrated Mother’s Day and now we’re about to celebrate Father’s day.

  • Carol Cassara

    It was fun reading all of these! I can’t believe a lot of people send out cards, I would have thought that there were more gifts but I guess that’s part of it as well. It’s really awesome that you shared these.

  • Shirley Martinez

    These are some awesome fun facts. Father’s Day is definitely promoted with Tools and Ties