We Value Your Privacy

This site uses cookies to improve user experience. By continuing to browse, you accept the use of cookies and other technologies.

I UNDERSTAND
LEARN MORE

The Fascinating Tale of Thanksgiving's Journey to Becoming a National Holiday

Discover the holiday's centuries-in-the-making history.

how thanksgiving became a national holiday feature
  • camera-icon
  • Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

The First Thanksgiving

how thanksgiving became a national holiday plymouth
  • camera-icon
  • A postcard depicting Plymouth in 1622. 

    Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

The Relationship Between Settlers and Native Americans

how thanksgiving became a national holiday king philip
  • camera-icon
  • A drawing depicting Metacom, or King Philip, meeting with settlers. 

    Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Thanksgiving in the Early Days of the United States

how thanksgiving became a national holiday washington's thanksgiving proclamation
  • camera-icon
  • One of George Washington's proclamations for a day of thanksgiving. 

    Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

The “Mother of Thanksgiving” Sarah Josepha Buell Hale

how thanksgiving became a national holiday sarah josepha buell hate
  • camera-icon
  • Sarah Josepha Buell Hale

    Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Becoming a National Holiday

Today’s Thanksgiving Traditions

how thanksgiving became a national holiday turkey pardon
  • camera-icon
  • Ronald Reagan pardons a turkey. 

    Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons