Thanksgiving Day marks the start of what is often referred to as the holiday season in the United States. It is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. Thanksgiving Day is also celebrated, on different dates, in Canada and on some Caribbean Islands.
The first celebration of Thanksgiving Day can be traced back to 1621. In the autumn of that year the Plymouth Colonists in the modern state of Massachusetts shared a harvest feast with the local Wampanoag Indians. The feast was held to celebrate a successful growing season.
During the following 200 years thanksgiving celebrations were held, at first by individual colonies and later by states. The date of celebration varied widely until a National Thanksgiving Day was proclaimed by President Lincoln in 1863. He designated the last Thursday in November as a national holiday. In 1939 President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day.
The first National Thanksgiving Day was celebrated in the United States in the year 1863 On This Day.
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