People everywhere are celebrating Father's Day in the United States and in different ways. Many families take the day to celebrate the father figures in their lives, some with gifts and others with barbecue outings.

Father’s Day is a day to honor all men who have made an impact in our lives.

According to, the national day honoring our fathers was started by a woman raised by a widower.

Sonora Smart Dodd’s father, William Smart, took on the task to raise his daughter and five sons after his wife passed away during childbirth.

Dodd's idea to acknowledge her father, a civil war veteran, came while she attended a Mother's Day sermon at Central Methodist Church in 1909.

The YMCA of Spokane, Washington, and the Ministerial Alliance endorsed Dodd’s idea of Father’s Day and held a celebration in 1910. Dodd wanted the celebration to be held on June 5, her father’s birthday, but planning difficulties pushed the first Father’s Day celebration to Sunday, June 19, 1910.

People across the nation began to celebrate father's day. Presidents like Calvin Coolidge and Lyndon Johnson supported Dodd's idea.

In 1966, President Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the third Sunday of June as Father’s Day.