SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – At school we may have been taught that the Puritans celebrated the first recorded Thanksgiving in 1621 sharing a turkey dinner with the Native Americans.
Not true says Springfield historian Guy McLain.
“We know for a fact that in Jamestown probably as early as 1607, certainly by 1610, there was a Thanksgiving celebration there as well.,” said McLain.
Just when we thought we know everything else about the holiday, we’re reminded that Thanksgiving wasn’t always celebrated on Thanksgiving.
“The people in Plymouth in 1621 probably didn’t celebrate it in November like we do. It was probably celebrated on September 29th which is the feast of St Michael,” said McLain.
McLain also said it wasn’t until 1789 that George Washington circled the calendar for Thanksgiving that would forever after be celebrated in November.