When and how did Thanksgiving become a National Holiday?


Happy looking dogs right? But anyway…

I’ve always wanted to know this question and no, I wasn’t taught this in elementary school.

We’ve all heard the story about the first Thanksgiving, but the actual holiday did not become a national one until many years later. It really is an interesting story and because of it each and every year on the fourth Thursday in November we celebrate Thanksgiving Day.

You are probably well aware of the first Thanksgiving and how the Pilgrims and the Indians go together and gave thanks for the bountiful harvest, blah, blah, blah. That was around 1621. However, the first Thanksgiving did not lead to a traditional holiday and certainly not to a national one since the nation didn’t exactly exist yet. It did play a role, however, in what would come. Eventually Thanksgiving began being celebrated more and more as the country grew and people wanted to give thanks. A real American Thanksgiving was first celebrated by the entire country just after the Revolutionary War. But still, it was not a national holiday.

Then, when Abraham Lincoln was in office he declared the last Thursday of November Thanksgiving Day in 1863. That is when it finally became a national holiday. Every president since Lincoln has also declared Thanksgiving a national holiday.

In 1941 Congress set the national holiday of Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of every November. This reversed a decision by President Roosevelt to celebrate Thanksgiving on the third Thursday of November to give people more time to shop for Christmas.Your Thoughts?


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