Thanksgiving Day Flags

Since 1621, the fourth Thursday in November has been celebrated as Thanksgiving Day in the US; symbolized in modern day by flying Thanksgiving Flags. English settlers in America observed the first Thanksgiving. The settlers had left England for Holland, 12 years earlier, to escape being persecuted for their religious beliefs. While in Holland they decided to emigrate to the "new land."

In July 1620, 46 people set sail aboard the Mayflower to make the journey across the Atlantic Ocean, stopping in England on the way to pick up other emigrants. Their journey ended, on Nov. 11, 1621, as they settled in an abandoned Native American village called Patuxet, in the area now known as Massachusetts. The village had been left three years earlier because of the plague. Because of the time of the year, with winter coming and a lack of food, the settlers faced many hardships. A Native American named Squanto, formerly of Patuxet, befriended the settlers and stayed with them until his death. Squanto's knowledge of farming, building and hunting was a godsend to the newcomers and his expertise proved invaluable. The next November the settlers celebrated their survival in the new land with a thanksgiving. Other Native Americans, the Wampanoags, joined in the festival by cooking food and joining in with the games. In 1676, the Council of Charlestown, Massachusetts proclaimed June 29 to be a day of thanksgiving for the good fortune afforded by the firmly established settlement.

In 1827, Sarah Joseph Hale started a campaign to make it a national holiday and on Oct. 3, 1863, Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November to be the Thanksgiving holiday. Thanksgiving Day flags are flown, indoor and outdoor, across the country to celebrate the day. Thanksgiving flags feature all kinds of emblems like: pilgrim flags, Native American flags, food flags and cornucopia flags, scarecrow flags, fall harvest flags and Mayflower flags. You can see many of these flags throughout the country during Thanksgiving Day parades.

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