In the United States, the modern Thanksgiving holiday tradition is commonly, but not universally, traced to a poorly documented 1621 celebration at Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts in 1621. The Plymouth feast and thanksgiving was prompted by a good harvest.
In later years, religious thanksgiving services were declared by civil leaders such as Governor Bradford of Massachusetts who planned a thanksgiving celebration and fast in 1623. The practice of holding an annual harvest festival like this did not become a regular affair in New England until the late 1660s.
During the revolutionary period, political influences affected the issuance of Thanksgiving proclamations. Various proclamations were made by royal governors, John Hancock, George Washington and the Continental Congress each giving thanks to God for events favorable to their causes.
As President of the United States, George Washington proclaimed the first nation-wide thanksgiving celebration in America marking November 26, 1789, "as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours of Almighty God".
It was not until December 26, 1941, that the unified date changed to the fourth Thursday (and not always final) in November—this time by federal legislation. President Franklin Roosevelt after two years earlier offered his own proclamation to move the date earlier, with the reason of giving the country an economic boost, agreed to sign a bill into law with Congress making Thanksgiving a national holiday on the fourth Thursday in November.
Today, if we are fortunate, we celebrate thanksgiving with our families, friends, turkey with all the trimmings and football.
And now, after the football and after the turkey, families can enjoy the fun of galactic bowling at JB’s on 41 starting at 3pm to 930pm on Thanksgiving Day.
So celebrate thanksgiving and give thanks for the greatness of our country and the joy of being with family and friends. Then c’mon out and let us entertain you at JB’s on 41.