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Schwenkfelder Day is one of the oldest Thanksgiving celebrations to have been continually observed in the United States.
The Thanksgiving celebrations in November did not come about till the Civil War. The first Thanksgiving was proclaimed by George Washington in 1789.
The Pilgrims, too, did not celebrate Thanksgiving every year. Sometimes, they would choose to fast. In 1863, Abraham Lincoln declared that Thanksgiving would be celebrated on the last Thursday in November. This was again changed by Franklin D Roosevelt to the fourth Thursday in November in 1939. However, Schwenkfelder Thanksgiving has always been celebrated on September 24 in the area of Pennsylvania Dutch region.
When they arrived in the US, this small group settled mostly in the Pennsylvania Dutch Country of the US. They swore their allegiance to the British king and spent their Schwenkfelder Thanksgiving Day giving thanks to God for saving them from persecution.