Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared a fall harvest feast in 1621, which is recognized as one of the first Thanksgiving commemorations in the colonies.
Despite popular belief, Thanksgiving wasn’t celebrated every year after the first celebration. Descendants of the Pilgrims later organized a “Forefather’s Day” that took place in December and a few Presidents held one-time Thanksgiving holidays, but it wasn’t until 1863 that President Lincoln made Thanksgiving Day a national holiday. Today, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November, which was established by President Roosevelt in 1939.
Happy Thanksgiving to all, especially our brothers and sisters holding the line today! If you are lucky enough to be off, enjoy the time with friends and family, watch some football, and have a wonderful time for those that aren’t!