Believe it or not, Father’s Day was not always the widely celebrated and beloved holiday it is today in America. While Mother’s Day was established as a national holiday in 1908, it wasn’t until 1972 that Father’s Day was declared a federal holiday by President Richard Nixon. There was recognition for the day on a state level beginning in the early 1900s, but many were against the idea of a sentimental celebration of fatherhood, especially one created for commercial gain.
Interestingly, there was a movement in the 1920s and 1930s to get rid of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day altogether, replacing it with Parent’s Day. Protesters would actually gather in Central Park every Mother’s Day in an effort to create an alternative day on which both parents could be respected together. This effort lost steam during the Great Depression, however, when shopkeepers and retailers pushed for a Father’s Day in the hopes of bringing in more business. The holiday gained even more momentum during World War II as a way to honor the troops. Since then, it has been widely celebrated each year, getting its official recognition in 1972.
“Getting old is not for whiners. Laugh instead.” – Kyle Jones, Graphic Designer
“Be ready to take the opportunity when it comes along, because it may not last for long.” – Kevin Wilson, CEO
“Right or wrong, people’s perception is their reality.” – Kyle Beach, Franchise Business Coach
“Always take care of your family.” – Jake Vinluan, Franchise Business Coach
“My dad usually offers soft-spoken advice. A slight nudge or hint of what I should do in a given situation goes a long way because I have so much respect for him. It doesn’t hurt that he’s usually right. Especially with his advice to “Always make sure the cats have access to the litter boxes.” – David Barrett, Financial Analyst
“A father figure/mentor once told me: ‘You’re only as strong as your weakest link.’ That advice is something I use everyday to drive myself to bigger and better places. It’s why working at Mosquito Joe is such a great opportunity because we all try to bring ourselves up.” – Kieran Scott, Franchise Business Coach
“I’ve learned the most important lessons from my dad just by watching the way he lives everyday. He’s never afraid to try new things, and will never leave a job unfinished. That sense of adventure and persistence are really inspiring. But his best advice has been ‘Go for it!’ It’s simple, but it reminds me to go on new adventures and make life exciting.” – Tracey Willmott, Marketing Assistant
We asked our friends at our sister company, Pool Scouts, to chip in as well! Please check out their website for more information on their pool cleaning and maintenance services.
“The harder you work, the luckier you get.” – Chris Bushey, Director of Operations, Pool Scouts
“My father’s best advice that he gave me was ‘neatness counts.’ He harped on this as a child, and I believe it has carried through in many facets of my life.” – Michael Wagner, President of Pool Scouts
“‘If you’re going to do a job, do it right!’ Which is ironic because as a dentist by trade, my dad, who fancies himself a handyman, has fumbled his way through many a home project. But he’s always made it work, no matter how unorthodox the process! He passed that on to me; a love for creative DIY!” – Gwen Marsh, Marketing Manager, Pool Scouts
We hope everyone has a great Father’s Day this year. Leave a comment here or on our Facebook page with the best advice you’ve ever received from your father! If you’re having a party or cookout, don’t forget to call Mosquito Joe to protect your yard and guests from mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks. That way, you can enjoy the celebration together and not spend it swatting the pests away.