Being a great dad isn't easy, so show your appreciation this Fathers Day with great promotional gifts from Opentip! Fathers Day can trace its origins back to Fairmont, West Virginia, where on July 5, 1908 local townspeople decided to commemorate just how important fathers actually are. This was the first Fathers Day celebration on record. Although it was widely celebrated after its inception, it wasn't until Richard Nixon's presidency in 1972 that the holiday gained official recognition. Today, the third Sunday in June, is set aside as an occasion to remember all the important things fathers have done.