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Thanksgiving Day is a day in the United States and Canada where people give thanks to God for all the blessings they received during the year by feasting
Below are some interesting facts and information on the Thanksgiving Day Proclamation or alternatively you can download our comprehensive worksheet pack to utilise within the classroom or home environment.
- Thanksgiving Day first started in New England.
- People thanked God for the abundant harvest of crops.
- This is usually somewhere in late fall when the crops have been harvested.
- The first Thanksgiving Day in America was on December 4, 1619.
- A group of 38 English settlers arrived at Berkeley and their charter required that the day of their arrival be observed yearly as a day of thanksgiving to God.
- In New England, the first Thanksgiving Day was celebrated in Plymouth, 1621, by the pilgrims together with 91 Native Americans.
- The pilgrims first set foot at Plymouth Rock on December 11, 1620.
- The first winter in Massachusetts was really bad and 46 out of the original 102 pilgrims died.
- It is believed that the Native Americans helped the pilgrims through that difficult period and without them, the pilgrims would not have survived.
- In the spring of 1621, Samoset of the Wampanoag tribe and Squanto of the Patuxet tribe, taught the survivors how to plant crops and how to catch alewives.
- Alewives are a kind of fish used as a fertilizer for growing pumpkins, beans, peas and other crops.
- They also taught the pilgrims the art of hunting and angling.
- In 1621, the corn and pumpkin harvest was bountiful.
- Governor William Bradford made arrangements to celebrate the bountiful harvest and to recognise the help given to the colonists by the Native Americans with a feast.
- Governor William Bradford sent four men out hunting ducks and geese.
- The pilgrims used to call any type of wild fowl, turkey. Unfortunately, this celebration was not repeated for many years.
- In June 20, 1676, the council of Charlestown and Massachusetts held a meeting where they instructed Edward Rawson, the clerk, to proclaim June 29 as a Thanksgiving Day.
- The Native Americans were not included this time as the celebration was more about the pilgrims’ recent victory over the natives.
- At the same time that year, the Protestant Episcopal Church announced that the first Thursday in November would be set aside yearly for giving thanks.
- In 1789, President George Washington issued a general proclamation naming November 26 a day of National Thanksgiving.
- A famous editor, Sarah Josepha, persuaded President Abraham Lincoln to declare Thanksgiving a national holiday.
- Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November, 1863, as “A day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father.”
- However, in 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt changed it to one week earlier.
- This was to help businesses by lengthening the shopping period before Christmas.
- There was an uproar and it was changed back to its original date two years later.
- Then, Congress changed it again after 1941 to the fourth Thursday of November and it would be a legal federal holiday.
- Traditional thanksgiving dinners in those days usually include turkey, cranberries, fish, dried fruit, clams, venison, plums and lobsters.
- Modern-day Thanksgiving dinners include pumpkin pie.
Thanksgiving Day Proclamation Worksheets
This bundle contains 11 ready-to-use Thanksgiving Day Proclamation Worksheets that are perfect for students who want to learn more about the Thanksgiving Day which is a day in the United States and Canada where people give thanks to God for all the blessings they received during the year by feasting
Download includes the following worksheets:
- Thanksgiving Day Proclamation Facts
- Tracking Pilgrims
- Samoset and Squanto
- Gov. Bradford
- Sarah Josepha
- A Change
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