Thanksgiving Holiday

Luke Wiggins

How Thanksgiving Became A Holiday


Thanksgiving is a tradition only celebrated in America. This is because the First Thanksgiving was in America. Thanksgiving is on the fourth Thursday of November every year, so it has a changing date. This year’s Thanksgiving is the latest it will be for a while. This is because the first day of November was on a Friday so it will take the longest to get to the 4th Thursday of November.

If you don’t know the story of Thanksgiving you should read this, if you do, you should still read this. Most People believe that the “first” Thanksgiving is from the pilgrims. The whole story about how they sailed across the ocean and had a very hard first year. The next year the Indian’s helped them so they had a surplus harvest. Then they had a feast of thanks with the Indians.

I am not denying this happened, this happened. However, other feasts of thanks happened in America before the Pilgrims feast. For example, on December 4th, 1619 when the British made a safe landing on the banks of Virginia they read a proclamation making that day  “a day of thanksgiving to Almighty God.” Thanksgiving is portrayed to young children with deceivingly happy relations between the Indians and the pilgrims. Some Native Americans have an issue about this, and on Thanksgiving they will stand on Cole’s hill and commemorate a “National Day of Mourning.”

Parades, many people every year go to Thanksgiving parades as their celebration. Parades started with the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade in 1924. Since then many different Thanksgiving parades have sprung up in many different places. The tradition of pardoning Turkeys started with Ronald Reagan. Since then, every year the president has pardoned one or two turkey to not be killed each year.

Thanksgiving was actually not a national holiday for quite a long time. In 1817, New York became the first of several states to make Thanksgiving a holiday. Sarah Josepha Hale made a campaign to make Thanksgiving an official holiday. She did this for 36 years, she is also known as the “Mother of Thanksgiving.” Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving a national holiday in the middle of the Civil War in 1863.