“A father is a fellow who has replaced the currency in his walled with the snapshots of his kids”
Although history can’t quite pinpoint who first uttered the words above, we at Mezzacorona believe that the words ring true for Father’s worldwide. As Americans prepare to celebrate the holiday that the governor of the state of Washington 1st declared a holiday in 1910, we wanted to take some time to honor Father’s everywhere with a blog post dedicated especially to them.
A brief history on this important day: In 1909, A Spokane, Washington woman named Sonora Smart Dodd, was one of six children raised by a widower. She wished to establish a holiday equivalent to the already celebrated Mother’s Day for male parents, and she was persistent in doing so —petitioning at local churches, the YMCA, shopkeepers and government officials in an effort to drum up support. Her persistence paid off: on July 19, 1910, Washington State celebrated the first statewide Father’s Day.
In 1916, President Wilson honored the day by using telegraph signals to unfurl a flag in Spokane when he pressed a button in Washington, D.C. (who said they weren’t technologically advance in those days?!) Even with the apparent support of the government, many men initially scoffed at the day. One historian wrote: “they scoffed at the holiday’s sentimental attempts to domesticate manliness with flowers and gift-giving, or they derided the proliferation of such holidays as a commercial gimmick to sell more products —often paid for by the father himself.”
My, how the times have changed! Now, it’s not uncommon to see families out to brunch, gifts exchanged, billboards advertising Father’s Day Specials, and Dad’s everywhere gloating on their special day as they’re doted on by their loved ones.
Mezzacorona thanks all father’s who have worked hard (for their family), played hard (with their family), and loved hard (towards their family). You surely deserve to be honored not just on Father’s Day, but everyday. We raise our glasses filled with Mezzacorona to you, dear Fathers! We hope you had the most memorable Father’s Day to date —until next year, of course!