In the age of Covid-19, many people are saying that they have been reminded of the things that are truly important in life. For most people, family would definitely be on the list of things we might have a new appreciation for after months of isolation. (Of course, the team of Cleveland roofers here at All Weather Roofing of Cleveland, might also put a sturdy residential or commercial roof on the list, too.) 

If you’ve been thinking about family while you have been staying home and staying safe, you might also be thinking about how to celebrate Father’s Day – which falls on Sunday, June 22 this year. You wouldn’t be alone. 

According to the most recent data released by the United States Census Bureau

  • There are approximately 72.2 million fathers in the country.
  • About 15% of fathers have children from more than one relationship.
  • And get this – 29.2 million of our fathers are also grandfathers.

The Story Behind Father’s Day

The idea that launched the first Father’s Day came from Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Washington. As the story goes, she was in church on Mother’s Day in 1909 and, as the sermon rambled on her mind drifted. Sonora’s mother had died, leaving her father to raise six children on his own. Understandably, in her mind it was fathers that should be celebrated. So, as she sat in church, she came up with the idea of adding Father’s Day to the calendar. 

The first Father’s Day was celebrated in Spokane the following year. June was selected because that was when her Sonora’s father’s birthday fell. The holiday spread but it wasn’t made an official holiday until 1966, when President Lyndon B. Johnson issued a proclamation. 

As residential and commercial roofing pros in Cleveland, we aren’t exactly what you would call experts when it comes to neckwear, but we are willing to bet that Sonora did not buy her father a neck tie back in 1910. We know all about roof restoration in Cleveland, but we don’t have any idea how ties became such a popular Father’s Day gift.