Thanksgiving to Support
Thanksgiving occurs on the fourth Thursday in November and is based on the colonial Pilgrims’ 1621 harvest meal.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt attempted to extend the Christmas shopping season, which generally begins with the Thanksgiving holiday, and to boost the economy by moving th
e date back a week, to the third week in November.
The Friday after Thanksgiving has been known as the unofficial start to a bustling holiday shopping season. The holiday is a day for Americans to gather for a day of feasting, football and family.
In 1920 Gimbel’s department store in Philadelphia staged a parade of about 50 people with Santa Claus at the rear of the procession.
Thanksgiving Day football games, beginning with Yale versus Princeton in 1876, enabled fans to add some rowdiness to the holiday.