At Lakes Gas, we’d like to wish everyone a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season. We’re thankful for our incredible, loyal customers, and our great team who works hard every day to provide exceptional service.
The History Behind The Tradition
Thanksgiving is a cherished American holiday that’s woven into the very fiber of our country. In the spirit of the season, let’s look back at the original “Thanksgiving” that took place nearly 400 years ago.
1620: 102 colonists set sail from Plymouth, England on the Mayflower and spend 66 days at sea before landing near Cape Cod. Many Pilgrims die during their first winter in New England and the colony struggles to sustain itself.
1621: The following spring Squanto arrives and allies himself with the colonists. He teaches the Pilgrims how to grow corn, fish, and draw sap from maple trees. That November, the Pilgrims celebrate their first successful harvest and organize a three-day feast with the Wampanoag tribe.
1863: President Abraham Lincoln declares Thanksgiving a national holiday to be celebrated during the last Thursday of November.
1939: President Franklin D. Roosevelt moves Thanksgiving up a week to try improving consumer sales during the Great Depression. The idea fails and he later signs a bill officially designating the fourth Thursday of November for Thanksgiving.
Turkey Day Trivia
Learn more about the origins and traditions of Thanksgiving, some of them may surprise you.
- The idea of a day of thanksgiving didn’t originate with the Pilgrims. Native Americans, Egyptians, Romans, and Greeks all held festivals at the end of a harvest season to give thanks to their gods.
- Roughly two to three million people attend the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade each year.
- Nearly 90 percent of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving.
- Sarah Josepha Hale is known as the “Mother of Thanksgiving.” She started a campaign in 1827 to make Thanksgiving a national holiday that lasted 36 years.
We wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving and happy holidays.