Throwback Thursday: Happy Thanksgiving

The holiday we celebrate the fourth Thursday each November wasn’t always an eleventh-month event.

Pensacola Gazette, Nov. 20, 1824.

The observance date varied from the time the United States became a nation to Abraham Lincoln’s presidency.

Pensacola Gazette, Nov. 22, 1845

Before Lincoln’s 1863 proclamation setting a date, Thanksgiving Day varied from state to state with many settling on the last Thursday of November. Following Lincoln’s lead, presidents—and governors—after him issued proclamations each year to set the date.

Pensacola Gazette, Nov. 8, 1956.

It wasn’t until President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a joint resolution of Congress that officially set Thanksgiving Day as the fourth Thursday of November.

Pensacola Gazette, Oct. 30, 1852

Editor’s Note:  If you have a photo of an old Holt memory, send it to Holt Enterprise News for Throwback Thursday at holt.enterprise.news@gmail.com. Don’t forget to include what the photo is about.

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