2016 Events


 August 19-21

Fort Monroe Coastline

African Arrival Day

Commemorating the arrival of the first Africans to English North America in August 1619.

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October 27

First Official Thanksgiving

“The First Official Thanksgiving” Documentary Release

“The First Official Thanksgiving,” a legacy project of the 2019 Commemoration, premieres on October 27 at 9 p.m. on WCVE and WHTJ. Sponsored by the Virginia Thanksgiving Festival and produced by Community Idea Stations, the documentary will tell the story of the first official English Thanksgiving in North America, which took place on December 4, 1619.

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November 6

Virginia Thanksgiving Festival

Captain Woodlief led settlers in prayer and ordained the date of their arrival as a holy day of Thanksgiving, marking the first official observance of Thanksgiving in the English colonies.

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