Jean Leon Gerome Ferris - The First Thanksgiving
Many historians date the first Thanksgiving taking place in Plymouth 1621 with the "new world settlers" and the Wampanoag Nation giving thanks for the rain that ended a long drought and produced a good harvest. George Washington proclaimed the first National Thanksgiving Day on November 26, 1789. Throughout the years, Thanksgiving was celebrated on different days throughout states. In 1863, Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving Day to be celebrated on the same date, each year, by all states. Today, the holiday is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. It is generally considered a time for people to reflect, spend time with family over a large meal, and to give thanks.