Father's Day is celebrated each year on the third Sunday in June. In honor of all the dads out there, here are some fast facts about the holiday:
- According to Hallmark, Father's Day is the fourth-largest card-sending occasion with 72 million cards given every year.
- Fifty percent of all Father's Day cards are purchased for fathers, according to Hallmark. Almost 20 percent of Father's Day cards are given to husbands.
- The U.S. Census Bureau estimates there were 70.1 million fathers in the United States in 2008.
- Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington, is credited with starting Father's Day after hearing a sermon on Mother's Day while attending church with her father. Dodd wanted to honor her father, William Jackson Smart, a Civil War veteran who raised six children after his wife died during childbirth.