It's the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and I'm so cool that I'm watching "The Real Story of Thanksgiving" on the History Channel. Don't hate...it's actually really interesting. It actually wasn't until 1941 that Thanksgiving was fixed to the fourth Thursday of November. Before that, the President had to declare the holiday every year since 1863. In the midst of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln declared the last day of November to be a day of thanks for the good that could be found despite the terrors of war and strife. But why a Thursday?
Most historians trace the first nationwide day of Thanksgiving as Thursday, December 18, 1777 set by the Continental Congress and by George Washington. But again, why Thursday?
Back in the 1600's, Thanksgiving was actually a religious holiday. Thursday was the day the local minister would give his sermon, so it was only natural that Thursday would be the day to give thanks.