Thanksgiving is one of America’s most cherished holidays. It has a rich history that spans centuries. The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 by the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians. The Pilgrims had recently arrived in America and struggled to survive in the new land. The Wampanoag Indians showed them how to cultivate corn and other crops, and the two groups soon became friends.
The first Thanksgiving was a feast of celebration and thanksgiving. The Pilgrims invited the Wampanoag Indians to join them, and the two groups shared food, stories, and music. For the Pilgrims, it was a time to give thanks to their new friends and for all, they had been given.
The feast was attended by about 90 Native Americans who had helped the Pilgrims survive during their first year. The two groups shared food and stories and gave thanks for all they had been given. This event is generally considered to be the first Thanksgiving celebration in America.
Over the years, Thanksgiving became a general celebration of harvest and bounty. It was celebrated sporadically at first but became more widespread in 1789 when George Washington proclaimed a national day of thanksgiving to be observed on November 26. After Lincoln’s proclamation in 1863, Thanksgiving was celebrated on the last Thursday of November. In 1941, Franklin D. Roosevelt moved it to the fourth Thursday to extend the Christmas shopping season.
Thanksgiving is now celebrated by Americans of all religions and backgrounds as a time to come together with friends and family, give thanks for all we have, and enjoy good food. It is a cherished tradition that brings us together as a nation every year. Whatever your plans are, we want to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.