Thanksgiving In History

Thanksgiving Day is the last Thursday in November, and a big turkey dinner is traditional. How did this holiday start? In 1621, the Pilgrims in Plymouth, Massachusetts held a festival to celebrate a a good harvest after a hard and hungry year. The Wampanoag Indians, who had signed a peace treaty with the Pilgrims and helped them, were invited to the feast. Later, in 1789 President George Washington declared November 26 a day of Thanksgiving, and then in 1863 President Abraham Lincoln made it an annual holiday.

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