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November 23, 2023: Thanksgiving Day

WHEREAS, Thanksgiving has been an important part of American tradition, originating when the Pilgrims and Wampanoags feasted during the “First Thanksgiving” in October of 1621; and,

WHEREAS, modern Thanksgiving was first officially called for in all states by a presidential proclamation of Abraham Lincoln in 1863; and,

WHEREAS, since then, it has become a beloved national holiday that is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November every year, in which families, friends, neighbors, and even strangers gather to enjoy each other’s company and reflect on what they are thankful for; and,  

WHEREAS, Thanksgiving is a valuable opportunity to appreciate our families, friends, and loved ones and take time to remember everything we are grateful for;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim November 23, 2023, as Thanksgiving Day in Michigan and wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving full of joy and love.