Friday, November 27, 2009

Census Bureau Facts About Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving became a national holiday in 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November as a national day of thanksgiving. Later, President Franklin Roosevelt clarified that Thanksgiving should always be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of the month to encourage earlier holiday shopping, never on the occasional fifth Thursday.

Visit the Census Bureau's Thanksgiving Page to learn more facts and figures pertaining to Thanksgiving, including statistics about turkeys, cranberries, pumpkins, and places named after tham.

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