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Is Thanksgiving 2021 a national holiday?

The federal holiday continues even in 2020, but the facts of the pandemic remain and top experts suggest celebrating a little differently this year.

Is Thanksgiving 2021 a national holiday?
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Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of every November. Thanksgiving has officially arrived and this year will be a little different now that we can reconvene with all of our family at and our friends for Friendsgiving!

Thanksgiving is arguably one of the biggest celebrations in the United States. Everyone gathers to eat turkey, stuffing, and mac-n-cheese. This year everyone is especially grateful to be able to gather together.

Turkey is the delicious Thanksgiving staple. It's also really delicious for leftovers in a soup, salad, and even turkey sandwiches. There's evidence turkey has been a dish for centuries. The first Thanksgiving feast happened in 1621. This was the year the Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag shared the first autumn harvest feast together, marking the start of the holiday. However, not until 1853 was the holiday officially proclaimed.

Has Thanksgiving always been a national holiday?

The tradition of celebrating this day in late November goes all the way back to colonies in Massachusetts Bay and Plymouth, according to The occasion was a feast, rooted in the popularity of “Lecture Day”, a holiday that was centred around a midweek church sermon. One of the most famous Thanksgiving happenings was in 1621, when the then-governor of Plymouth, William Bradford, invited local Native Americans to join the Pilgrims in celebrating the bountiful harvest for a three day long bonanza.

In the 17th century, Thanksgiving became a yearly tradition throughout New England. It was George Washington who in 1789 first declared Thanksgiving a holiday. He set the date as 26 November, also a Thursday, as a day of national thanksgiving for the US Constitution. Then decades later, in 1863, Abraham Lincoln declared it was the modern national holiday we now enjoy – fixing the date for the last Thursday of November.

On 26 November 1941, Franklin D Roosevelt signed a bill officially establishing the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day, and therefore the first Thanksgiving national holiday.

No matter how you spend it this year;

Happy Thanksgiving!


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