The first Thanksgiving in North America was held in Virginia in 1619. The state is called the “Mother of Presidents” because eight U.S. presidents were born there. The first woman-run bank in the U.S. started in Richmond, Virginia. Countryaah.com: Offers a full list of nationwide and statewide holidays in Virginia starting from January 1st – New Year’s Day. Also covers the most recent three years of public holidays within the state of Virginia.