If you’ve celebrated the American holiday of Thanksgiving, do you recall it ever being the third Thursday in November, not the fourth?
It seems that many people recall it on the third Thursday. (I’ve moved several related comments, to this post.)
However, according to all records I’ve found in my search, so far — it was never the third Thursday. Not officially, across the U.S.
During 1939, 1940, and 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared Thanksgiving as the third Thursday in November, but fewer than 23 states agreed with him.
In 1942, the date was officially set as the fourth Thursday… the date most states had always celebrated it, all along.
Since then, Thanksgiving has been the fourth Thursday in November, in every American state. No exceptions.
That’s what makes this memory especially puzzling. Why do so many people insist it used to be the third Thursday? (My family remembers it as the third Thursday, as well.)
If you can share insights about this, or if you recall it on the third Thursday not the fourth, leave a comment below.
Note: Thanksgiving is and has been celebrated in other countries (notably, Canada) and other times. This topic page is about the date of Thanksgiving in the U.S.A.