The History of THANKSGIVING DAY
Many Americans think of Thanksgiving as a wonderful time to celebrate getting out of school for a long weekend, and eating a great dinner. Or, maybe they think it is the start of the Christmas holiday season. What is the real meaning behind Thanksgiving?
Thanksgiving can be traced back to the 16th century when the first thanksgiving dinner is believed to have taken place. Settlers came together to celebrate the fruits of their harvest and their life in a new land.
The actual date of Thanksgiving Day observance varied over the years, until 1941. On October 6, 1941, the U.S. Congress passed a resolution stating that a National Day of Thanksgiving would be observed each year on the fourth Thursday in November. President Roosevelt signed the bill, and THANKSGIVING DAY officially became the fourth Thursday in November, a day set aside to give thanks for our many blessings.