On November 26, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November would be a day of giving thanks. This proclamation was made during the Civil War. Lincoln wanted a national day of recognition to giv... More »

Thanksgiving was made a national holiday by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, even in the midst of dealing with a nation torn by civil war. On Oct. 3, 1863, he issued a proclamation calling for a time of "thanksgiving a... More »

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Christmas was formally recognized as a national U.S. holiday in 1870. Although it wasn't formally recognized until 1870, the holiday was celebrated by many states before that and has been celebrated by many other countri... More »

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Thanksgiving was made a national holiday by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, even in the midst of dealing with a nation torn by civil war. On Oct. 3, 1863, he issued a proclamation calling for a time of "thanksgiving a... More »

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In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving to be a holiday. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt set the date by signing a bill in 1941. It declared Thanksgiving to be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of ... More »

Thanksgiving is celebrated in the United States as a national holiday dedicated to being with family and friends to give thanks for all of the blessings received throughout the previous year. The holiday is believed to h... More »

In the United States, Thanksgiving occurs on the fourth Thursday in November and has been celebrated at this time since 1939. Prior to then, Thanksgiving was celebrated on the last Thursday of November. More »

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