Did you know President George Washington was the first to proclaim Thanksgiving a national day of thanks but it wasn’t an official national holiday until President Abraham Lincoln made a proclamation?

President Franklin D. Roosevelt made the 4th Thursday in November the official day to celebrate Thanksgiving as a national holiday.

The act of pardoning a turkey is a tradition that began with President Lincoln’s son Tad. Tad requested a live turkey’s life be spared when it was brought to the White House to be cooked for dinner. ¬†President George Bush said, “Reprieve,” “keep him going,” or “pardon”: it’s all the same for the turkey, as long as he doesn’t end up on the president’s holiday table. The tradition lives on today with President Obama pardoning a turkey in the rose garden.

Did you know First Lady Pat Nixon pardoned the turkey in 1971 while President Nixon was at the Washington Redskins football training facility?

After you finish your Thanksgiving feast and relax in your easy chair don’t forget to watch for the coin flip during your favorite NFL game.

American Coin Treasures wishes you and your family a happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving!


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