Father’s Day by the Numbers

Dad deserves appreciation all year round, but this year, June 21st is his special day – give your father or father figure some special love and attention on Father’s Day. You can even share some of these fun numerical facts with him.

1909: the year Sonora Dodd was inspired by a Mother’s Day sermon in church to begin Father’s Day; she wanted to honor men like her own father, who had fought in the Civil War and raised six children as a single dad while running a farm.

3Rd: Sunday in June on which Father’s Day always falls.

1966: the year President Lyndon B. Johnson designated that date for the holiday.

1972: the year President Richard Nixon signed Father’s Day into law, officially marking    it as a holiday throughout the U.S.

According to the most recent census numbers (from 2008), there are approximately 70.1 million fathers in the United States. 2 million of those are single fathers, while just over 200,000 fathers are stay-at-home dads. In one Boston College study, 75% of new dads expressed their desire for more time off work that they could spend with their newborns, but only 6% were able to come to an arrangement that allowed for flexibility.

24.4 million dads are raising kids who are still under the age of 18.

The average amount Americans will spend on Father’s Day gifts and activities is $120, totaling more than $13 billion on average overall. What are we choosing for our dads? Over $1.5 billion goes towards an electronic gadget, while $710 million will be spent on sporting equipment, with $707 million rounding out the third most popular category, personal care items.

No matter how you celebrate, have a Happy Father’s Day!


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