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Celebrating dads throughout history on Father’s Day

Posted at 12:22 PM, Jun 16, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-16 17:27:59-04

NEW YORK (PIX11)– Each family celebrates in their own way. Whether it’s a face plant from a potato sack race on Staten Island, or even listening to the president talk of his pride of being a Dad, Father’s day is a time to enjoy.

“Just a day to be with the family and celebrate what you have,” one Staten Island Father says while he holds his little girl.

And celebrating what you have also means remembering where it all came from.

Today, economists estimate American’s spend around one billion dollars each year on Father’s Day gifts.

Looking back, it was when World War II began, advertisers pushed to honor American troops and their families.

By the end of the war, Father’s Day wasn’t a federal holiday, but it was a National institution before it was officially declared a holiday in the 1970s.

So for all of the fathers out there, happy Father’s Day!