Today’s Document from the National Archives

Document for November 23rd:
George Washington’s October 3, 1789, Thanksgiving Day Proclamation


George Washington’s October 3, 1789, Thanksgiving Day Proclamation, 10/03/1789 (National Archives Identifier: 299956); Series: Presidential Proclamations, 1791 - 1991; General Records of the United States Government, 1778 - 1992; Record Group 11; National Archives

On October 3, 1789, President George Washington issued a proclamation naming Thursday, November 26, 1789 as an official holiday of "sincere and humble thanks." The nation then celebrated its first Thanksgiving under its new Constitution.
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