Profile America: Happy Father’s Day

Sunday, June 19 — This is one of the nation’s favorite days — Father’s Day. Aside from the usual observance, with cards, a gift, or dinner at his favorite restaurant, it’s a day to say thanks to the dads, stepfathers, grandfathers, and other father figures for all they’ve done to help raise the following generation.

The occasion dates back to 1910, when Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Washington wanted to honor her father, who raised six children by himself after his wife died. The idea caught on and spread across the country but didn’t become official until 1966.  Thirty-four million men are the fathers in households with natural, step or adopted children of any age. Nearly 25 million of them are part of married couple families with children younger than 18.

You can find more facts about America’s people, places and economy, from the American Community Survey.

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