Who first made Thanksgiving a national holiday?

Answer Thanksgiving became an official national holiday when President Abraham Lincoln declared that the fourth Thursday of November shall be a "national Thanksgiving Day" in 1863. President Franklin D. R... Read More »

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When was the first national Thanksgiving?

There are several dates associated with the first Thanksgiving. It was in 1789 when President George Washington proclaimed a day of thanks for the constitution, however many opposed this idea. It w... Read More »

Who was honored at the first national Thanksgiving?

Despite being first celebrated in 1621, Thanksgiving did not become an organized national event until 1863. The National Parks Service reports that in his 1863 proclamation on Thanksgiving, Preside... Read More »

When was the first national thanksgiving held?

The first national Thanksgiving was observed Nov. 26, 1789, by the proclamation of President George Washington. Thanksgiving was not declared a national holiday until Oct. 3, 1863, when President A... Read More »

When did the colonists celebrate the first national Thanksgiving?

The American colonists never celebrated Thanksgiving as a national holiday. Instead, communities would have fast days followed by thanksgiving feasts, meant to give thanks to God, starting with the... Read More »