History Of Thanksgiving In Charleston

Dated: 11/26/2019

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Thanksgiving is finally here in the Lowcountry!! It is a time of rest, relaxation, and feasting with close friends and family. It is a day set aside to give thanks-for our family and friends, for the necessities of life, and for the bounty we might enjoy beyond the bare necessities. The English, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese and others who came over to the New World brought traditions and cultural practices that would shape our heritage. Just like the rest of the city Charleston’s Thanksgiving Historic roots date far back.

The first settlers of the English colony of Carolina arrived here in 1670 and established their headquarters on the west bank of the Ashley River. This was the year the first Thanksgiving was believed to be held in Charleston. The first public day of celebrating Thanksgiving came in the autumn of 1706, which was exactly six weeks after our militia forces defeated an invasion force of Spanish and French soldiers from St. Augustine.

The idea of setting aside one day each year for rest, reflection, and the expression of thanks, has its roots in European traditions that eventually made its way to Charleston. At its root, the concept of breaking bread with family, friends, and even strangers, is a tradition that we share with all nations of the world. Happy Thanksgiving!!

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Dan Lorentz

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