Sen. Charles Grassley
Q: When did Thanksgiving become a federal holiday?
A: Congress approved Thanksgiving as a federal holiday in 1870. It was one of the first five federal holidays. Until 1941, each year the President declared which Thursday Thanksgiving would fall on, usually choosing the last Thursday of the month. In 1941, Congress declared the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day. The change from the typical last Thursday of the month was made to keep states celebrating Thanksgiving on the same date.
Q: How will you celebrate Thanksgiving?
A: Thanksgiving is a time for fellowship with family and friends to join together and give thanks for the blessings in our lives. Barbara and I are blessed with five children, nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Members of our family will join us at our farm in New Hartford, where Barbara makes a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.
Q: What are you thankful for this year?
A: I have an abundance of things to be thankful for. My family is a wonderful blessing that I thank God for each day. I'm also thankful to Iowans for the opportunity to represent them in the U.S. Senate. I work to honor this public trust and take the common sense of the people of Iowa to Washington. I'm grateful to live in the land of the free. America is a ray of hope for many around the world. Our freedom is paid for by the sacrifices made every day by U.S. service members, as they work around the globe to protect our liberties and freedoms. May God bless them all for their tireless work and commitment as many spend the holidays apart from their families. I'm also thankful for the American spirit. It's a difficult time for many as the economy struggles to recover. The United States was created by qualities that cannot be taken from us ingenuity, strength and determination. Those qualities will enable us to recover, create jobs and build new opportunities for the future.