Did you know that Sanzari’s New Bridge Inn is linked to some awesome Thanksgiving Day American History? Sanzari’s New Bridge Inn is widely recognized as one of the best Italian restaurants in Bergen County, but it is also situated on a historic site that was incredibly important to our young nation during the Revolutionary War.
On November 20, 1776, General George Washington and the American Garrison of Fort Lee crossed the Hackensack River to avoid the invading armies of the British. The bridge located at Historic New Bridge Landing made this retreat possible. New Bridge served as a battleground, encampment ground, military headquarters and intelligence-gathering post throughout the American Revolutionary War. George Washington later used homes in the area as his headquarters in 1780. The area of the bridge and the historic properties can still be seen today.
So what’s the connection to Thanksgiving?
The historical document that gave birth to our Thanksgiving Day holiday is called the Thanksgiving Proclamation. It is an actual document that signed following a resolution of Congress by then President George Washington on October 3, 1789. The Thanksgiving Proclamation declared that Thursday the 26th of November 1789 would be a day of “public thanksgiving and prayer” devoted to “the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be.” From that day forward, the final Thursday of November became devoted to public thanksgiving and prayer throughout the different regions of our young country. In 1863, Abraham Lincoln took the proclamation a step further, and made Thanksgiving Day a permanent national holiday.
Think about it like this: If it wasn’t for the New Bridge, General George Washington may not have escaped the invading British troops in 1776, and never would have had the opportunity to be our Nation’s first President – and later sign the Thanksgiving Proclamation!
So no New Bridge, no Thanksgiving… pretty interesting, right?
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No matter what your plans, we hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and a Happy Holiday Season!