Since 1621, the United States has traditionally celebrated a Thanksgiving. However, it wasn’t until President Abraham Lincoln issued a Proclamation on October 3, 1863, declaring the last Thursday in November as a day to give thanks, that the country observed it nationally on the same day. This tradition was honored by each subsequent President until Franklin Roosevelt attempted to change the observance to the second to last Thursday of November. Public sentiment was firmly opposed and Roosevelt admitted defeat in 1941 by signing a Joint Resolution of Congress, 55 Stat. 862 (1941), which officially established the last Thursday in November as a federal holiday for Thanksgiving.
Federally observed holidays, including Thanksgiving, are codified in 5 U.S.C. §6103.
In observance of Thanksgiving and the University holidays, the Law Library is closed on Thursday, November 24, and on Friday, November 25. We will close at 6:45pm on Wednesday, November 23, and on Saturday, November 26. For all of our holiday hours, please click here.