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Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863

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The pilgrams had a thanksgiving but didn't make it a holiday,it was Abe Lincoln who made thanksgiving a national holiday.


No. It was President Abraham Lincoln who made it a national holiday in 1863.


Washington didn't make Thanksgiving a holiday. It was Lincoln in 1863.


Sarah Joseph Hale lobbied President Abraham Lincoln for a National Holiday based on Thanksgiving.


Thanksgiving is a national holiday in the USA. It is celebrated on the third Thursday of November. During the time US President Lincoln was in office, he was pressured by Protestant religious leaders to make the traditional feast day of Protestants a national holiday. Since the overwhelming population in that time was some form of Protestantism, Lincoln made the day, Thanksgiving, a national holiday.


Thanksgiving was never illegal in the US. Lincoln proclaimed a national day of thanksgiving in 1863. Franklin Roosevelt got Congress to make Thanksgiving a federal holiday in 1941.


A writer, Sarah Josepha Hale, who is best known for the poem "Mary Had a Little Lamb", is credited for persuading Abraham Lincoln to name Thanksgiving as a national holiday. Lincoln officially designated the last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving in 1863. Actually the support for this came from a wider group of people, not just a single individual. Evangelical Christians pressed US President Lincoln to make the Protestant feast day of Thanks Giving a national holiday.


President Abraham Lincoln made it a holiday in 1863.


AnswerWisconsin amd Plymouth were the first to make ThanksGiving a national hioliday.


He wanted to make an all-American holiday after the Civil War.


Sarah Josepha Hale wrote many letters in the 1860s to the government campaigning for Thanksgiving to be designated an official American holiday.



Sarah Josepha Hale, a very important magazine editor and author of the time, waged a tireless campaign to make Thanksgiving a national holiday in the mid-19th century.


Although President Abraham Lincoln started the tradition of celebrating Thanksgiving every year, it didn't officially become a national holiday until 1941. Lincoln declared the last Thursday of November to be Thanksgiving, but in 1939 President Franklin Roosevelt changed it to the 2nd-to-last Thursday of November to make the Christmas shopping season longer. That was very unpopular with many people, so as a compromise Congress passed a joint resolution in 1941 officially making the 4th Thursday of November Thanksgiving.


Actually they didn’t make Thanksgiving Lincoln did in 1863. He made the holiday and the Pilgrims traditions were to fast and then celebrate the harvest. It was called Home harvest and our view of this event comes from 18th century artists and writers.


Lincoln proclaimed a national day of thanksgiving in 1863. Franklin Roosevelt got Congress to make Thanksgiving a federal holiday in 1941. FDR had the day moved up a week wnenever November had 5 Thursdays.[[Which president legalized thanksgiving&action=edit|]] [Discuss:Which_president_legalized_thanksgiving ] [javascript:getUpdates(1); ]Read more: [[Which president legalized thanksgiving#ixzz16ANW45R1|http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Which_president_legalized_thanksgiving#ixzz16ANW45R1]]


It is on a Thursday in November in a year a long time ago. This question has a lot of history behind it - allow me to tersely recapitulate such: On 11/23/39, FDR carved the the turkey at the annual Thanksgiving dinner in Georgia. However, up until this date, most Americans had celebrated Thanksgiving on 11/30. During FDR's administration, Thanksgiving was not a fixed Holiday - it was up to the present President to declare what date Thanksgiving would be held that year in November. When Lincoln had been President, he observed Thanksgiving on the last Thursday in November and declared it a national holiday in 1863. However, during the Great depression, FDR found it difficult to observe Thanksgiving on the last Thursday of November. During the great depression, FDR was approached to make Thanksgiving held on the 4th Thursday of November to allow more time for people to shop for Christmas. In 1939, FDR moved the Holiday one week up.


The first Thanksgiving took place in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621.Later, New York became the first state to make the holiday an annual tradition in 1817. Many states followed by the mid-1800s. In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln declared it a holiday.


It was a Presidential proclamation in 1862 by Abe Lincoln. Federal legislation set the date as the 4th Thursday in November in 1941.


The Continental Congress proclaimed a Thanksgiving holiday (December 18) in 1777, and Washington proclaimed a Thanksgiving day (Nov. 26th) in 1789. Adams did likewise in 1798 and 1799. Jefferson did not proclaim any such holiday, believing it to be an impermissible conflation of church and state. Madison proclaimed holidays in 1814 and 1815. From 1816 to 1863, there was no federal Thanksgiving, but by the end of that period, most states had established the holiday. Thanksgiving was established annually by presidential proclamation (frequently expressed as a "recommendation" by the president) from 1863 until 1941, when Congress established it as a recurring national holiday. Lincoln's proclamation in 1863 is generally regarded as establishing the national holiday, but it really only proclaimed it for that year. It did, however, establish a precedent followed by his successors, including Andrew Johnson (though in 1865, the holiday occurred in December). In the 1930's, FDR attempted to move the date back one week to enlarge the holiday shopping period, but Congress set the date, and firmly established the holiday, in 1941. Presidents continue to proclaim it, though the proclamation is now superfluous.


Veterans Day is not a national holiday. It is however, a federal and state holiday in the United States. The Federal government and it's agencies shut down. Most businesses, other than banks, do not celebrate by shutting down. While it is recognized as a national holiday, it really isn't a day off for most veterans. There is no such thing as National Holiday in the United States, even on the 4th of July an employer can make you go to work. It is standard practice to allow workers days off for certain holidays ie. Thanksgiving, Christmas etc. but it is not mandatory. A national Holiday would make a mandatory day off for employees (except some in service jobs).


I call Valentines day a 'Hallmark Holiday' because there is no point to it. It's basicaly a holiday Hallmark created to make money. There is no background to it like Christmas has or Thanksgiving.


President George Washington proclaimed the first national day of thanksgiving in 1789, but it was president Abraham Lincoln who officially declared the last Thursday in November Thanksgiving, beginning in 1863. It was during the Civil War, and Lincoln's proclamation advised people to make this holiday a special time for family, religion, and community. Much later, President Franklin Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving to the third Thursday of November to create a longer Christmas shopping season. But in 1941, Congress made Thanksgiving fall on the fourth Thursday in November, and it's been that way ever since!


They never will. Smoking marijuana is illegal, and they aren't going to make a holiday for it.


Sarah Josepha Hale was an author who wrote to congressmen for 40 years, working to make the holiday happen. She heavily influenced Lincoln's decision to establish an official Thanksgiving holiday in 1863. It was first celebrated on the last Thursday in November, but later, under president Franklin Roosevelt, it was changed to the fourth Thursday. This makes a difference in the years where there are 5 Thursdays in November (which happens every six years).



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