First Thanksgivings



Y/M/D Description Place
1619/12/04 Capt John Woodlief and his crew of 37 arrive at Berkeley Hundred and ordain that the day of ships arrival at the place assigned for plantacon in the land of Virginia shall be yearly and perpetually keept holy as a day of thanksgiving to Almighty God. Berkeley Plantation, Charles City
1621/09/29 53 Pilgrims celebrate their first harvest in the New World by hosting a three day feast with 90 Native Americans. Occurring sometime between 21 September and 11 November 1621, probably around Michaelmas. Plymouth, MA, Massachusetts
1789/10/03 President George Washington issues a proclamation naming Thursday, November 26, 1789, as an official holiday of "sincere and humble thanks." The nation then celebrates its first Thanksgiving under its new Constitution.
1798/03/00 Adams issues a proclamation: As the safety and prosperity of nations ultimately and essentially depend on the protection and the blessing of Almighty God, and the national acknowledgment of this truth is ... an indispensable duty which the people owe ....
1846/00/00 From her home in Philadelphia, Sarah J Hale begins a letter-writing campaign advocating for a "national day of thanksgiving." At some point during her time in Philadelphia, Sarah Josepha Hale makes a home at 922 Spruce St. Portico Row, Philadelphia, PA
1863/09/28 Sarah J Hale writes a letter to President Abraham Lincoln requesting that Thanksgiving Day to become a National Festival Annually.
1864/10/20 Abraham Lincoln's last proclamation sets "apart the last Thursday of be observed by allas a day of thanksgiving and praise to Almighty God, the beneficent Creator and Ruler of the universe."
2007/11/19 President Bush speaks about Thanksgiving during a visit to Berkeley Plantation. Berkeley Plantation, Charles City

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Holiday: American Thanksgiving

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