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Thanksgiving Day national holiday in the US commemorating the harvest reaped by the Plymouth Colony in 1621 The first national Thanksgiving Day was proclaimed by Pres Washington for Nov 26 1789 Pres Lincoln revived the custom in 1863 In 1941 Congress decreed that Thanksgiving should fall on the fourth Thursday of November The customary turkey dinner is a reminder of the four wild turkeys served at the PILGRIMS first thanksgiving feastnational holiday in the United States commemorating the harvest reaped by the Plymouth Colony in 1621 after a winter of great starvation and privation In that year Gov William Bradford proclaimed a day of thanksgiving and the feast was shared by all the colonists and the neighboring Native Americans Although similar observances were held locally they were sporadic and at no set time After the American Revolution the first national Thanksgiving Day proclaimed by George Washington was Nov 26 1789 Abraham Lincoln urged by Sarah J Hale revived the custom in 1863 appointing as the date the last Thursday of November In 1939 1940 and 1941 Franklin D Roosevelt proclaimed Thanksgiving the third Thursday in November When a contradiction arose between Roosevelts proclamation and some of those of state governors Congress passed a joint resolution in 1941 decreeing that Thanksgiving should fall on the fourth Thursday of November The day is observed by church services and family reunions the customary turkey dinner is a reminder of the four wild turkeys served at the Pilgrims first thanksgiving feast BibliographyStudent Referance Library
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