Today marks the 393rd celebration of Thanksgiving here in the USA. It all began with the Pilgrims, or the English colonists, celebrating their first successful harvest. The Wampanoag tribe traveled two days on foot to visit with the Pilgrims, who invited the tribe to feast with them.
On December 18, 1777, George Washington issued orders to set aside this date as a day for Thanksgiving and praise. This was due to recent victories in fighting the American Revolution.
In 1846, Sarah Hale begins a letter writing campaign that lasts 17 years asking that the government set aside the last Thursday of November as a national holiday, dubbing that day Thanksgiving. On August 26th, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln, receiving a letter from Sarah Hale, declares the last Thursdays of November as Thanksgiving Day!
Then on November 23rd, 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt moves the day to the next to last Thursday to help retailers boost sales for the upcoming Christmas holiday. It throws the country into a tizzy! Realizing that this was not a good move, he then signs legislation on November 26th, 1941, officially making the fourth Thursday of November the official day to celebrate Thanksgiving!
So to all of you that celebrate this day:
Thank you for stopping by! Enjoy your day!