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On this day in 1777, the first national Thanksgiving was celebrated

December 18

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On this day in 1777, the first national Thanksgiving was celebrated to give thanks for the American victory at the Battle of Saratoga. The victory proved to be a crucial turning point, helping to persuade the French to recognize and assist the patriotic cause.

Proclaimed by then-General George Washington, the day of Thanksgiving called Americans to set aside their work and “at one time and with one Voice…express the grateful feelings of their Hearts” and pray for “the greatest of all human Blessings, INDEPENDENCE, and PEACE.”

Did you know? On the day of Thanksgiving, George Washington and his troops paused for a day in Gulph Mills, Pennsylvania as they traveled to Valley Forge for what proved to be a grueling winter. The soldiers heard a sermon and were given roast pig, rice, and vinegar. 🍖🍚

The March to Valley Forge, William Trego, 1883

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December 18
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