The History of Thanksgiving - Our American Holiday

Real Estate Agent with Keyes Realty Treasure Coast, 34986 SL53025721

Thanksgiving 1621

November - 1621 - Yes, that is correct, it was 395 years ago when the Plymouth colonists and Wampanog Indians shared an autumn harvest feast acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies.  For more than two centuries, days of Thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states.  It was not until 1863 that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be celebrated each November.

Thanksgiving is a particularly American holiday evoking images of football, family reunions, roasted turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie and of course our forefathers the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians who began the celebration of harvest way back then.

The last Thursday of November was the proclaimed holiday celebration and was so declared yearly, never was the holiday a fixed event.  Neither Lincoln nor his successors chose to make this a fixed annual date.  In a controversial move in 1939, Franklin Delano Roosevelt lengthened the Christmas shopping season by declaring Thanksgiving the next-to-the-last Thursday in November.

In 1941, the United States Congress responded by permanently establishing the holiday as the fourth Thursday of the month, the date we now use to celebrate the holiday.

Have a wonderful, and safe Thanksgiving - best wishes to all from Ron and Debbie Albert, BEX Realty Treasure Coast - Serving Home buyers & sellers since 2002 - Make The Most of Your Move.


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William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I didn't realize that it was not an official holiday until 1963

Nov 14, 2016 11:01 PM #1
Deb Dahlberg - Rowland
Stanberry Realtors - Fayetteville, TX
Deb sells Texas "in between" AUS/SAN/IAH

Great overview of my most favorite holiday!  Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Nov 14, 2016 11:28 PM #2
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Debra B. Albert, Pa and thanks for the history lesson.  I am just so glad that it is turkey that we eat on this day!


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