We all know that Thanksgiving Day is a celebration of the early English emigrants to American. Historically, Pilgrims and Puritans who emigrated from England in the 1620s and 1630s carried the tradition of Days of Fasting and Days of Thanksgiving with them to New England. The modern Thanksgiving holiday tradition is traced to a 1619 event in Virginia and a 1621 celebration at Plymouth (now Plymouth, Massachusetts). The 1621 Plymouth feast and thanksgiving was prompted by a good harvest, which the Pilgrims celebrated with native Americans, who helped them pass the last winter by giving them food in the time of scarcity.
What is less known is that the date for Thanksgiving has been changed often. Thanksgiving in the United States was observed on various dates throughout history. From the time of the Founding Fathers until the time of Lincoln, the date Thanksgiving was observed varied from state to state. A specific date was set by a proclamation by President George Washington which proclaimed the first nationwide thanksgiving celebration in America marking November 26, 1789, “as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours (sic) of Almighty God”
On October 31, 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a presidential proclamation changing the holiday to the next to last Thursday in November. On December 26, 1941, he signed a joint resolution of Congress changing the national Thanksgiving Day from the last Thursday in November to the fourth Thursday.
What is a certainty is that regardless what day Thanksgiving falls on you can always get a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner at the award winning Emerald Island Grille and you don’t have to do the dishes or sit at the kids table!
Please join us on Thursday, November 28th from 11 am until 8 pm for Roast Turkey, Cornbread Stuffing, Freshly Mashed Potatoes, Giblet Gravy, Candied Yams, Green Beans Almandine, Cranberry Relish and Pumpkin Pie with Freshly Whipped Cream. Turkey and all the fixings will be $11.99 – Dine in Only Please. Our regular menu will also be available.
And, if you do get stuck at the kids table, here are some timeless bits of turkey humor!
Q: Fruit comes from a fruit tree, so where does turkey come from?
A: A poul-tree.
Q: Where do you find a turkey with no legs?
A: Exactly where you left it…
Q: What happened to the turkey who got into a fight?
A: He got the stuffing knocked out of him!
Q: Why did the turkey cross the road twice?
A: To prove he wasn’t chicken.
Q: How did you send a turkey through the mail?
A: Bird class.
Q: What sound does a limping turkey make?
A: Wobble, wobble!
Q: What is a turkey’s favorite dessert?
A: Peach gobbler!
Q: Why did the police arrest the turkey?
A: They suspected it of fowl play
Q: What sound does a turkey’s phone make?
A: Wing, Wing!
Q: What did one turkey say to the other when they saw the Pilgrims land at Plymouth rock?
A: They look nice. Maybe they’ll have us over for dinner.