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Thanksgiving: Why does the date for Thanksgiving change every year?

Some holidays in the U.S. are the same day every single year, but Thanksgiving Day is not one of them.

Christmas will always be Dec. 25 just like Valentine’s Day will always be Feb. 14.

Thanksgiving is always in November, and on a Thursday. The date changes though.

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Abraham Lincoln started the holiday around the end of the Civil War, but never set the date.

This year it will fall on Nov. 25. What is set in stone is that it will always fall on the fourth Thursday of Nov.

The Farmer’s Almanac states that Lincoln chose to keep the holiday on a specific day of the week, not a date in the month.

He decided that day would be recognized for Thanksgiving and Praise following the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863.

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