There's a lot you may not know about Turkey Day! Check out these Thanksgiving trivia facts to learn all about the history of the holiday. From its humble beginnings to becoming a cherished national holiday, Thanksgiving has a fascinating story. But do you know which president played a crucial role in making Thanksgiving a national holiday? Let's dive into the history and find out!
The first Thanksgiving celebration is believed to have lasted for three days. It took place in 1621 and was a gathering of the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Native Americans. While turkey is now synonymous with Thanksgiving feasts, the menu of the first Thanksgiving included other meats like venison and wildfowl.
Fast forward to the 19th century when Thanksgiving started gaining recognition as a national holiday. It was President Abraham Lincoln who officially established Thanksgiving as a national holiday. In 1863, during the midst of the Civil War, Lincoln issued a proclamation declaring the last Thursday in November as a day of "Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father."