Can Holiday: Father’s Day – June 16


Father’s Day is celebrated annually on the third Sunday of June. This day began in the United States in the early 20th century to complement Mother’s Day.

“After the success obtained by Anna Jarvis with the promotion of Mother’s Day in the US, some wanted to create similar holidays for other family members, and Father’s Day was the choice most likely to succeed. There were other persons in the US who independently thought of “Father’s Day”, but the credit for the modern holiday is often given to Sonora Dodd, who was the driving force behind its establishment.

Father’s Day was founded in Spokane, Washington at the YMCA in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd, who was born in Arkansas. Its first celebration was in the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910. Her father, the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who raised his six children there. After hearing a sermon about Jarvis’ Mother’s Day in 1909, she told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday honoring them. Although she initially suggested June 5, her father’s birthday, the pastors did not have enough time to prepare their sermons, and the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday of June.” (Source: Wikipedia)

How to Celebrate

Father’s Day is a day to honor your Father. There are many ways to do this, whether you think about him, call him, visit, buy him gifts, or simply tell him you love him. It is also a good day to tell him “thank you,” because if it wasn’t for him (and your Mom), you wouldn’t be here. If you are fortunate enough to have the ability to reach out to your Father today, please do so and let him know you appreciate him.

The Cans

To celebrate this day, we selected two cans from the 1979 Nehi Happy Days set (as we did for Mother’s Day as well!)

1979 Nehi Grape Happy Days

1979 Nehi Grape Happy Days

The first is the Happy Days Nehi Grape Series 1 No. 5 of 35 can featuring a photo of Howard Cunningham, played by actor Tom Bosley.

1979 Nehi Orange Happy Days

1979 Nehi Orange Happy Days

The second is the Happy Days Nehi Orange Series 1 No. 8 of 35 can and has another photo of Mr. C in a suit and tie. Happy Days was a television sitcom that aired from January 15, 1974, to September 24, 1984, focusing on the quintessential American family of the mid-1950s to mid-1960s. Mr. Cunningham was the patriarch of the family and portrayed the ideal father to many fans of this sitcom.

Happy Father’s Day (6/16)!

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