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When was the first Thanksgiving proclaimed and by who?

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President George Washington issued the first official government proclamation of Thanksgiving in 1789. President Abraham Lincoln made it a yearly official national holiday in 1863.

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George Washington proclaimed Thursday, November 26, 1789 to be a national day of thanksgiving.


In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.


As President of the United States, George Washington proclaimed the first nationwide thanksgiving celebration in the US.


George Washington proclaimed a National Day of Thanksgiving to be November 26th, 1789. It was not an annual holiday however.


Thanksgiving was first proclaimed as a national holiday Abraham Lincoln, in 1863 during the US Civil War. This was set by law in 1941. (see related question)


In 1621, Massachusetts Bay Colony proclaimed an entire day of rejoicing in celebration of the first successful harvest in the New World. This is the origin of Thanksgiving Day.


Technically Washington did however it did not become a federal holiday with a set date until Lincoln.


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.


No because it was proclaimed in 1861.


No president made Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1789, Abraham Lincoln did on October 3, 1863.


The first actual thanksgiving was called the "First Thanksgiving". :-]



Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the day a national holiday in 1863


It was first proclaimed in November 11, 1919


In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is 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 wasn't until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.


President George Washington proclaimed Thursday, November 26, 1789 to be "a day of public thanksgiving and prayer". He proclaimed a second Thanksgiving Day on Thursday, February 19, 1795. It wasn't until 1863 that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November of every year to be "a day of Thanksgiving". In June 1870 it legally became a paid holiday for federal employees working within the District of Columbia. In 1885 the law was expanded to apply to federal employees nationwide. In 1939 and 1940, in order to help retail businesses by making the Christmas shopping season longer, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed Thanksgiving Day to be the third Thursday of November. So many people protested the change in the Thanksgiving tradition that, as a compromise, Congress passed a bill making the fourth Thursday of November Thanksgiving Day. President Roosevelt signed the bill into law on December 26, 1941, and it remains in effect to this day.


The day after thanksgiving has never been proclaimed a legal holiday, although many businesses treat it as such by giving their employees the day off.


No, the first Thanksgiving was in 1621.



Amercians and Indians were the first to have Thanksgiving. But some sources say the first thanksgiving was held in Canada.


In the United States, "first Thanksgiving" refers to the the pilgrims and Indians' feast to celebrate a bountiful harvest in 1621. That was 390 years ago from the year 2011. As a national holiday, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863. In 2011, that was 148 years ago.


The Wamponoags did and who had the first Thanksgiving were the Pilgrims.


yes the first thanksgiving was in 1621


What did the First Thanksgiving have that we dont have


The first Thanksgiving was not held at Plymouth. The First Thanksgiving was held in the Virginia Colony in 1619, Jamestown.



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