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Father's Day Fun Facts from MERIC

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. Strong consumer confidence is allowing our Dad's to reap the benefits. Over three in four people in the Midwest, which includes Missouri, plan to celebrate Father's Day this year on June 18, 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.

1966
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.

2.0 million
The number of single fathers in 2016 living with their children under age 18; 17 percent of single parents were men in the Nation.

54,555 
The number of single fathers in 2016 living with their children under age 18 in Missouri.

$15.5 Billion
The total number of dollars Americans plan to spend on Father's Day this year in the nation.

$114.02
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.


428

The number of sporting good stores in Missouri in 2016 to purchase Dad something on his must-have list. (NAICS 451110)

613
The number of hardware stores in Missouri in 2016 to purchase Dad something on his fix-it list. (NAICS 444110 & 444430)

27.8%
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.

61.9%
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.

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

Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages


 

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