The modern American holiday of Mother's Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at St Andrew's Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. In 1908, Congress refused to make Mother's Day an official holiday, joking that they would have to proclaim also a "Mother-in-law's Day". Yikes! Talk about out of touch. Who wouldn’t want to celebrate mothers? But in 1914, Woodrow Wilson designated Mother's Day a national holiday to honor moms.