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The First National Thanksgiving

 
 
The First National Thanksgiving Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), July 3, 2020
1. The First National Thanksgiving Marker
Inscription.  Was proclaimed from York by the Continental Congress on November 1, 1777 to be celebrated on Thursday, December 18. It was written by Sam Adams of Massachusetts. "The Father of the Revolution," who advocated for the first time "one day of public thanksgiving" for all of the states after the battle of Saratoga. "That with one heart and one voice the good people may express the grateful feelings of their hearts."
 
Erected by Various Historical and Patriotic Societies and The National Thanksgiving Foundation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Revolutionary. A significant historical date for this entry is November 1, 1777.
 
Location. 39° 57.774′ N, 76° 43.604′ W. Marker is in York, Pennsylvania, in York County. Marker is on E. Market Street, 0.2 miles east of George Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: York PA 17403, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The York Fair (a few steps from this marker); "Men who don't often weep wept then" (a few steps from this marker); World War I Memorial (within shouting distance of
The First National Thanksgiving Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), July 3, 2020
2. The First National Thanksgiving Marker
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this marker); Civil War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Global War on Terrorism (within shouting distance of this marker); Korean, Vietnam and Persian Gulf Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); World War II (within shouting distance of this marker); Lafayette Club (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in York.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 21, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 5, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,797 times since then and 9 times this year. Last updated on November 19, 2021, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 3, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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Feb. 3, 2023