History of Thanksgiving

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History of Thanksgiving

The very first Thanksgiving was not “Thanksgiving” at all, but rather a three-day festival celebrating the Pilgrims’ first bountiful harvest in America aided by neighboring Native Americans, a tribe called the Wamapanoag.

On October of 1777, all thirteen colonies joined in a one-time thanksgiving celebration. George Washington then declared a National Day of Thanksgiving in 1789. Finally, in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln instituted the last Thursday in November to be celebrated nationally as a day of thanksgiving. In 1939, President Franklin Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving Day forward one week, as it is presently celebrated.

Wishing all my clients a wonderful Thanksgiving this year!