A brief timeline of some significant events in the history of Thanksgiving in America:
- 1541 – Spanish Explorer, Francisco Vasquez de Coronado, led a thanksgiving Communion celebration at the Palo Duro Canyon, West Texas.
- 1565 – Pedro Menendez de Aviles and 800 settlers gathered for a meal with the Timucuan Indians in the Spanish colony of St. Augustine, Florida
- 1621 – Pilgrims and Native Americans celebrated a harvest feast in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
- 1630 – Settlers observed the first Thanksgiving of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in New England on July 8, 1630.
- 1777 – George Washington and his army on the way to Valley Forge, stopped in blistering weather in open fields to observe the first Thanksgiving of the new United States of America.
- 1789 – President Washington declared November 26, 1789, as a national day of “thanksgiving and prayer.”
- 1863 – President Abraham Lincoln resumed the tradition of Thanksgiving proclamations in 1863. Since this date, Thanksgiving has been observed annually in the United States.
- 1941 – President Roosevelt established the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day.
May you and your family and friends have a wonderful day of Thanks.