MERIC Honors Fathers on Their Special Day

Father and Children Father's Day has been a day to honor and recognize the men and father figures that have made a difference in our lives. Over three in four Missourians plan to celebrate Father's Day this year on June 19, 2016. MERIC has compiled some fun facts and figures about the Father’s Day holiday.

Father's Day Facts:

June 17, 1910
First Father's Day Celebration held in Spokane, Washington.

Sonora Dodd
The woman who suggested the first Father's Day - a day in May to honor her Father who had been a Civil war veteran.

The year President Lyndon Johnson signed a Presidential Proclamation declaring the third Sunday of June as Father's Day.

Richard Nixon 
Signed the law in 1972, making Father's Day a national day of recognition.

Spokane, Washington 
The city that held the first Father's Day Celebration.

$14.3 Billion
The total number of dollars Americans plan to spend on Father's Day this year in the nation.

The amount each Midwesterner, including Missourians, plans to spend on Father's Day this year.

Dinner or Special Outing
Top dollar expenditure that Americans plan to honor their loved ones for Father's Day.

2010 Father's DAy Midwest Spending Plans


The number of sporting good stores in Missouri in 2015 to purchase Dad something on his must-have list. (NAICS 451110)

The number of hardware stores in Missouri in 2015 to purchase Dad something on his fix-it list. (NAICS 444110 & 444430)

The number of smart-phone owners in the Midwest that plan to use their phone to research and compare prices for father's day gifts.

The percent of Midwest gift-givers that plan to purchase a greeting card for Father's Day.

Department Store 

The number one place gift givers will shop for Dad.

Father's Day Shopping Plans 2012

**Totals could be more than 100% because survey respondents could choose more than one place to shop.

U.S. Census Bureau
National Retail Federation
Prosper Insights and Analytics

Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages



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