On October 3, , George Washington issued a proclamation creating the first Thanksgiving Day designated by the national government of the United States of.
Why did Thanksgiving become a national holiday?
On June 28, , President Ulysses S. Grant signed into law the Holidays Act that made Thanksgiving a yearly appointed federal holiday in Washington D.C.
The Thanksgiving Proclamation, however, did not establish a permanent federal holiday. Washington issued another proclamation in February to.
In , President George Washington became the first president to proclaim a Thanksgiving holiday, when, at the request of Congress, he proclaimed November However, Thanksgiving was always the last Thursday in November because that was the day President Abraham Lincoln observed the holiday when he declared. A joint resolution of Congress (55 Stat. ; 5 U.S.C. 87b) was passed on December 26, officially making Thanksgiving Day on the fourth Thursday each year.