History Fact: The modern Thanksgiving holiday tradition is traced to a well-recorded 1619 event in Virginia and a sparsely documented 1621 celebration at Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts by the Pilgrims and Puritans. This was not only an Autumn celebration for a good harvest, but a day of religious service and thanks to God. Past observances varied from state to state, until 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln set the national Thanksgiving observance as the final Thursday in November. In 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt signed a joint resolution from Congress, moving the holiday to the fourth Thursday in November, where it is observed today.
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