Warwick, RI — Thanksgiving 2020, the annual holiday of thanks and family however you define it, inspired by tales of the Pilgrims in the 1620s, is marked by feasting and local traditions, including the Turkey Trot Road Race and Small Business Saturday, all gone virtual during the COVID-19 pandemic.
First, a few Thanksgiving facts to impress the family:
- The date of Thanksgiving wasn’t formalized until Reconstruction in the 1870s; before that, states observed the holiday on different days. President Abraham Lincoln set Thanksgiving to the last Thursday in November in 1863, but Southern states rejected the idea at the time.
- President George Washington declared the first national Thanksgiving holiday, on Nov. 26, 1789. [source: Wikipedia]