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Abraham Lincoln made a statement that Thanksgiving would always be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November as an American holiday.

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In 1941, Congress passed a bill, and Franklin D. Roosevelt signed it, that fixed the date of Thanksgiving as the fourth Thursday in November. FDR attempted to move the holiday to the third Thursday in November, but Congress enacted a law to fix the date at the fourth Thursday in November, thus making it an "official" holiday. On November 26, 1941, FDR signed the bill.


President George Washington was the first president to proclaim a national day of Thanksgiving, in 1789 and 1795, but each proclamation applied only to that single year. President John Adams did the same thing in 1798 and 1799 and President Madison in 1814 and 1815. After that, individual states, if they wished to, declared their own days of Thanksgiving, until 1863. Author Sarah Josepha Hale had written letters to politicians and editorials for around 40 years trying to make Thanksgiving an official holiday. President Lincoln, influenced by this and by a desire to foster a sense of unity among all the states during the Civil War, proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day, to be celebrated on the final Thursday in November 1863. Lincoln's successors as president followed his example of annually declaring the final Thursday in November to be Thanksgiving. A small change was made In 1939, when November had five Thursdays. President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared the fourth Thursday, rather than the last one, in November as Thanksgiving. hoping that the longer post-Thanksgiving, pre-Christmas gift-buying period would help the economy, still suffering from the Great Depression. None of the presidential declarations of Thanksgiving Day were legally binding; a President is not allowed to make law, just execute those passed by Congress. Therefore, Thanksgiving did not become an official legal holiday until 1941, when Congress passed a resolution requiring that Thanksgiving be observed nationally on the fourth Thursday of November, and President Roosevelt signed it.



George Washington and Abraham Lincoln both made proclamations to celebrate Thanksgiving. However, it was not a fixed holiday with states celebrating on different days.President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day during the Civil War, on October 3, 1863.He asked that the nation give thanks for the Union on the last Thursday of November. That made the first true national autumn Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 26, 1863, recognizing a long-standing New England tradition of placing the holiday on the fourth Thursday in November.He did it partially to help soothe the national mood, which was weary of the Civil War. He declared Thanksgiving again for November 23, 1864. In 1865, his successor, Andrew Johnson, declared a Thanksgiving for December 7, 1865, and presidents traditionally declared a Thanksgiving for every autumn since. (Andrew Johnson was the first to give government employees the day off, making it a legal holiday.)In 1941, Congress passed a bill, and FDR signed it, that fixed the date as the fourth Thursday in November. FDR attempted to move the holiday to the third Thursday in November, but Congress enacted a law to fix the date at the fourth Thursday in November, thus making it an "official" holiday. On November 26, 1941, FDR signed the bill.See the Related Link for a complete time line of the history of Thanksgiving.Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, declared Thanksgiving a National Holiday in 1863 with the Thanksgiving Declaration. Thanksgiving was always held on the last Thursday of November that was the day President Lincoln observed the holiday when he declared Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863; however, in 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, changed the date of Thanksgiving to the second to last Thursday of November. A law was passed by Congress on December 26, 1941, ensuring that all Americans would celebrate a unified Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November every year.


On October 6, 1941, the House of Representatives passed a joint resolution declaring the last Thursday in November to be the legal Thanksgiving Day. The Senate amended the resolution establishing the holiday as the fourth Thursday, which took into consideration those years when November has five Thursdays. The House agreed to the amendment, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the resolution on December 26, 1941. This established the fourth Thursday in November as the Federal Thanksgiving Day holiday.


President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day during the Civil War, on October 3, 1863. He asked that the nation give thanks for the Union on the last Thursday of November. That made the first true national autumn Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 26, 1863, recognizing a long-standing New England tradition of placing the holiday on the fourth Thursday in November. He did it partially to help soothe the national mood, which was weary of the Civil War. He declared Thanksgiving again for November 23, 1864. In 1865, his successor, Andrew Johnson, declared a Thanksgiving for December 7, 1865, and presidents traditionally declared a Thanksgiving for every autumn since. (Andrew Johnson was the first to give government employees the day off, making it a legal holiday.) In 1941, Congress passed a bill, and FDR signed it, that fixed the date as the fourth Thursday in November. FDR attempted to move the holiday to the third Thursday in November, but Congress enacted a law to fix the date at the fourth Thursday in November, thus making it an "official" holiday. On November 26, 1941, FDR signed the bill. See the Related Link for a complete time line of the history of Thanksgiving. George Washington was the first President to declare a national day of Thanksgiving.


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The Continental Congress issued the First National Proclamation of Thanksgiving in 1777. George Washington declared Thanksgiving Day as a national holiday in 1789 and again in 1795.John Adams declared Thanksgiving Days in 1789 and 1799.No Thanksgiving proclamations were issued by Thomas Jefferson but James Monroe declared a Thanksgiving Day in 1814 and twice in 1815.There were no more national Thanksgivings until 1863 when Lincoln designated one on the final Thursday of November. All the following Presidents annually declared this date as Thanksgiving day until 1939 when there were five Thursdays in the month and Franklin Roosevelt decided to declare it on the fourth Thursday. In 1940 and 1941 he proclaimed the third Thursday as Thanksgiving. Since a Presidential Proclamation is not legally binding, 23 states celebrated on the third Thursday, 22 celebrated on the fourth, and Texas took both days off!In 1941, Congress passed a joint resolution fixing the traditional last-Thursday date for the holiday beginning in 1942. A Senate amendment to that resolution changed the date to the fourth Thursday. President Roosevelt signed this bill on December 26, 1941, making the date of Thanksgiving a matter of federal law.



Oklahoma declared Christmas a legal holiday in 1907. It was the last state in the United States to do so. Alabama was the first state to declare this day a legal holiday in 1836.


Grant President Ulysses S. Grant was president when Christmas was made a national holiday in 1870.The U. S. Congress and President Ulysses S. Grant made Christmas a U. S. Federal Holiday in 1870.Technically there are no national holidays in the US, only federal holidays when federal government workers take the day off. Christmas was made a federal holiday on June 26, 1870 when U. S. Grant was President.


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