George Washington proclaimed Thursday, November 26, 1789 to be a national day of thanksgiving.
As President of the United States, George Washington proclaimed the first nationwide thanksgiving celebration in the US.
In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.
George Washington proclaimed a National Day of Thanksgiving to be November 26th, 1789. It was not an annual holiday however.
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 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)
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 president made Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1789, Abraham Lincoln did on October 3, 1863.
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.
No because it was proclaimed in 1861.
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.
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Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the day a national holiday in 1863
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.
If you want to know "Why Thursday?"...It wasn't until the third year of the Civil War, on October 3, 1863, that Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving. After the war, in 1865, the last Thursday in November was proclaimed the national Thanksgiving day. But in 1951, because of public outcry, the US Congress named the fourth Thursday of November as the official Thanksgiving Day, and it has remained ever since. Similarity of November 25, Thanksgiving; December 25, Christmas Day. Both a blissful holiday.
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.
Since Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving an official holiday in 1863, there has not been a president who didn't celebrate Thanksgiving. Traditionally, Thanksgiving fell on the last Thursday in November. In 1939, President Roosevelt broke this tradition. That year, November had five Thursdays, so Roosevelt declared that Thanksgiving should be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of the month. He did this because the country was suffering from the Great Depression, and he thought the economy could use an extra week of holiday shopping between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
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Thanksgiving is found throughout the Bible. Read especially Psalm 100, only five short verses. The holiday of Thanksgiving in the United States stems from 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of "Thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens".