Do You Know When & Why Thanksgiving Was Made A National Holiday?
In 1789, following a proclamation issued by President George Washington, America celebrated its first Day of Thanksgiving to God.
In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln made a proclamation setting aside the last Thursday of November as a national Day of Thanksgiving.
Then, in 1941, Congress permanently established the fourth Thursday of each November as a national holiday.
Read more on the origins of Thanksgiving here
Read Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation here
It is incredible to think that Abraham Lincoln called for a day of thanksgiving in 1863 – in the middle of the Civil War and just 4 months after the Battle of Gettysburg! No matter your circumstances, take time to give thanks to God for your many blessings.