A Random Thanksgiving Fact:
This year Thanksgiving Thursday falls on November 23, 2017, but did you know that Thanksgiving wasn’t always the fourth Thursday of November? Occasionally November has five Thursdays. This year is one such year.
Another November with five Thursdays happened in 1876. Wyoming was still a territory. Secretary of the Territory George W. French, who was serving as acting governor at the time, issued a proclamation in accordance with President Ulysses S. Grant to designate Thursday, the 30th day of November, 1876 as a day of Thanksgiving.
In 1923 there were five Thursdays yet again and Thanksgiving fell on November 29th. President Calvin Coolidge issued a proclamation for the holiday.
as did Wyoming’s governor William B. Ross.
Which is it? The fourth Thursday or the last Thursday? It wasn’t until 1941 when Congress passed a law ensuring that all Americans would celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
-Meghan Monahan, Accountant