1. Washington was the first state to celebrate Father's Day.
In 1909, Spokane resident Sonora Smart Dodd was listening to a Mother's Day sermon at her local church when she had the idea to try and establish a similar day to honor the hard-working fathers of the community. Dodd was the daughter of a widower and Civil War veteran named William Jackson Smart, who raised six children on his own after his wife died during childbirth.
1909年，美国华盛顿州斯波坎市的居民索诺拉·马特·多德(Sonora Matt Dodd)在当地教堂听母亲节布道时，突然想到可以尝试创造一个类似的节日来纪念社区中辛勤工作的父亲们。多德的父亲是一位丧偶的内战老兵，名叫威廉·杰克逊·斯马特(willian jackson Smart)，在妻子难产去世后，他独自抚养了6个孩子。
She contacted local church groups, government officials, YMCAs, businesses, and other official entities, hoping to gather the community to recognize fathers around the state of Washington. The campaign Dodd embarked upon would eventually culminate in the first statewide Father's Day celebration in 1910.
2. That Father's Day takes place on the third Sunday in June just happened by accident.
While Father's Day always takes place on the third Sunday of June now, that date was actually a compromise after the original turned out to be unrealistic. Dodd's goal was for the holiday to be observed on June 5 to land on her father's birthday, but when the mayor of Spokane and local churches asked for more time to prepare for all the festivities involved, it was moved to the third Sunday in June, where it remains today. Officially, the first Father's Day celebration took place on June 19, 1910.
3. Roses were originally a big part of the Father's Day celebration.
The first Father's Day included a church service where daughters would hand red roses to their fathers during the mass. The roses were also pinned onto the clothing of children to further honor their fathers—red roses for a still-living father and a white rose for the deceased. Dodd also brought roses and gifts to any father in the community who was unable to make it to the service. This gave birth to the now-nearly-forgotten tradition of roses as the customary flower of Father's Day.