Thanksgiving is one of the United States most beloved national holidays may be America’s most beloved national holiday, but its history is all over the place. The best account we have of the famous feast between the Plymouth Colony settlers and the Indians in November of 1621 is a weeklong harvest celebration that included a three-day celebration with King Massasoit and 90 Wampanoag men told through a letter from English settler Edward Winslow.
Over the centuries, that briefly-mentioned feast week, in the letter, has taken on a life of its own, with each generation adding its own take on the fall tradition.
America first called for a national day of thanksgiving to celebrate victory over the British in the Battle of Saratoga. In 1789, George Washington, again, called for a national day of thanks on the last Thursday of November to commemorate the end of the Revolutionary War and the ratification of the Constitution. And during the Civil War, both the Confederacy and the Union issued Thanksgiving Day proclamations following major victories.
In the 21st Century, we still celebrate this wonderful holiday; however, in 2020, we are facing a devastating and deadly pandemic--the Coronavirus. The world has to limit their time and the amount of people they are exposed to at gatherings to reduce the spread of this deadly virus.
Please visit the CDC website for further instructions.