Thanksgiving Football in Pennsylvania: Slatington v. Palmerton (1935-1974)

The tradition of Thanksgiving Day football in the Lehigh Valley

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In the twentieth century, there were football rivalries everywhere in the greater Lehigh Valley. In 1935, these games were being played on Thanksgiving Day.

Note that the 1935 season was the first for the eight-team Lehigh Valley League consisting of Catasauqua, Emmaus, Lehighton, Northampton, Palmerton, Slatington, Stroudsburg and Whitehall. The league lasted until 1974.

Slatington Patch

Slatington varsity patch from the 1930s

As of 1974, many of these rivalry games were still being played on Thanksgiving Day.

By Thanksgiving Day 2023, there were only two of these rivalries still being played.