Why does Thanksgiving always fall on a Thursday?
Thanksgiving is meant to represent the end of the harvest.
William Bradford, the governor of Plymouth Colony, was the first person to declare a time of Thanksgiving during the winter harvest.
George Washington was the first president to declare Thanksgiving a national holiday. Each of the first 13 colonies celebrated Thanksgiving on separate days.
Franklin D. Roosevelt tried to make Thanksgiving the third Thursday in November to prolong the Christmas shopping season in 1939.
Congress make Thanksgiving the fourth Thursday in November in 1941.
NOVEMBER THANKSGIVING THURSDAY”: ORIGINS OF FOURTH THURSDAY OF NOVEMBER AS THANKSGIVING DAY Why is Thanksgiving Day officially observed on the fourth Thursday of November? Though the United States’ thanksgiving celebration on the fourth Thursday of November began with the United States Congressional declaration of 1941 establishing that weekday as the legal holiday of Thanksgiving Day, earlier United States Presidential Proclamations called for the last Thursday of November to be celebrated as Thanksgiving. Those Presidential Proclamations, in turn, built upon an American Colonial tradition–predating the formation of the United States– establishing a Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day. And the Thanksgiving Day Proclamations issued by American Colonial Governor Jonathan Belcher (1682-1757) played an important role in the origin of “November Thanksgiving Thursday.” This is a little-known history not mentioned by other articles, which, after discussing the “first” Thanksgiving, ty