Fathers have been revered in many cultures since the beginning of history. However, the modern day celebration of Father’s Day began in the United States. The holiday can be traced back to 1909, and a young lady by the name of Sonora Smart-Dodd of Spokane, Washington. Mrs. Dodd’s father, William Smart, had raised 6 children alone after his wife passed away, and Sonora felt that he should be honored like mothers were. The Spokane Ministerial Association and the local YMCA got behind the efforts, and the first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910.
Father’s Day was celebrated to varying degrees throughout the years, but was not declared a national holiday until 1972. It had some trouble gaining complete acceptance for many reasons, most originating from the men themselves. The day was seen as overly sentimental, as well as a commercial gimmick to sell more product. But by the end of World War II, honoring dads was established as a national celebration, if not officially.
While a florist might not be the first place you think of for Father’s Day gifts, we have a great variety of wonderful gifts for him. From gourmet dinners, to plants perfect for home or office, these gifts are sure to make him smile. If Dad has a green thumb, you can also choose to send a cool and dignified Tropical Planter to brighten his office.
If you are looking for gift ideas for Dad that go beyond neckties, look no further than Billy Heroman’s Flowers and Gift of Baton Rouge. We have three locations, or call us directly at (800) 272-7673 to place your order!