Although somewhat similar to the Thanksgiving traditions of the 21st century, Thanksgiving was not officially declared a holiday until 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving to officially fall on the last Thursday of November, making it a federal holiday. According to Sturbridge Village, which is a living museum, 1830s Thanksgiving would include rifle shooting matches and Thanksgiving meals often included wedding cake, as many couples chose to get married in the post-harvest season.
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