1621 – The 51 remaining pilgrims invite Chief Massasoit, and his travelling party from the Wampanoag tribe, to join them in their Harvest Feast.
1777 – General George Washington issued orders setting aside December 18, 1777 as a day “of solemn Thanksgiving and Praise” for victories over the British in the American Revolution. It is the first day of thanksgiving in the newly formed United States of America.
1846 – Sarah Hale begins a letter writing campaign to make the last Thursday in November a national Thanksgiving holiday. Her campaign will continue for 17 years.
1862 – President Abraham Lincoln declares a day of thanksgiving after the Union’s victories at Vicksburg and Gettysburg during the Civil War. After receiving a letter in the mail from Sarah Hale, he declares the last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day.
1939 – Breaking from tradition, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the next to the last Thursday rather than the last Thursday in November. President Roosevelt makes the changes after the National Retail Dry Goods Association encourages him to extend the holiday shopping season by one week. The country is thrown into confusion.
1941 – Ending the confusion once and for all, President Roosevelt signs legislation making Thanksgiving the fourth Thursday of each November.
Everyone at Bryant Staffing wishes you and your families a Happy Thanksgiving!