CCUA Offices Closed Nov. 26-27 for Thanksgiving Holiday

No Saturday Issue of Daily CU Scan

Cooperative Credit Union Association offices in Marlborough, Mass. and Newark, DE. will be closed Thursday, Nov. 26 and Friday, Nov. 27 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. There will be no Daily CU Scan Thursday or Friday, and no Weekly Roundup on Saturday, Nov. 28.

CCUA offices will resume normal business hours and the Daily CU Scan will return to your inbox on Monday, Nov. 30.

Why is Thanksgiving always on the fourth Thursday of November?
In 1863, Abraham Lincoln proclaimed that November 26 would be a national day to ask God to bless the family members who had lost loved ones in the Civil War — as well as give thanks for the Union Army win at Gettysburg. He declared that a national day of thanks-giving would be observed on the last Thursday of November every year thereafter. It's thought that he chose that particular day because the first national day of gratitude — called for by George Washington to mark the nation's triumph in The Revolutionary war —was Thursday, November 26, 1789. (

Black Friday is born
According to TIME, during 1939 the month started on a Wednesday, so there were five Thursdays as opposed to four. To restore some order, President Franklin D. Roosevelt moved the national holiday to the second-to-last Thursday of the month (a change that many were unhappy with). Instead of focusing on the negative, Roosevelt attempted to justify his decision with a pro-shopping response: merchants would now have a holiday further from Christmas to allow for more shopping time. In a way, this birthed the consumer craze known as ‘Black Friday’ nearly 80 years ago. (