When is Thanksgiving 2021 and why is it on Thursdays?

When is Thanksgiving 2021 and why is it on Thursdays?

October 18, 2021

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Thursday is just a good day to give thanks.

Thanksgiving is an unusual holiday because it doesn’t always fall on the same day of the year. Unlike Halloween and Christmas, the holiday always falls on the same day of the week, Thursday.

Thanksgiving will fall on November 25 this year, which is the fourth Thursday of the month.
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While this may make planning around the holiday easier every year, many people don’t seem to know why the holiday is scheduled this way.

This year, Thanksgiving will fall on November 25, which is the fourth Thursday of the month. This has been the way that the date for the holiday has been determined since 1941. Before this, the holiday was traditionally held on the last Thursday of November.

In 1941, the House and Senate passed a resolution saying that Thanksgiving would occur on the fourth Thursday of November. 
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The reason for this is a bit unclear. Going back to the earliest days of the tradition.

Since ministers would often give lectures on Thursdays in the New England area, Thursday seemingly became a convenient day for Thanksgiving. As the years went by, it became a tradition. By the time George Washington issued a proclamation for a day of Thanksgiving, Thursday had already been associated with feasts of that nature.

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