A Brief History Of Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is celebrated in the United States on the fourth Thursday in the month of November. It is a federal holiday and is a day for families and friends to get together. The holiday dates back to the 1600s when the Pilgrims first invited local Native Americans to a feast to celebrate a successful crop growing season. It has been an annual holiday in the United States since 1863. Traditional Thanksgiving foods in modern society typically consist of either Turkey or Ham (and sometimes Duck), potatoes, veggies, stuffing, gravies and pies. Traditional pie favorites include Pumpkin, Pecan, Key Lime and Apple.
Thanksgiving is often referred to as the start of the holiday shopping season, followed by the popular shopping day known as Black Friday. It has been said that more people celebrate Thanksgiving than Christmas in the USA.
Many stores, unfortunately, are now open on Thanksgiving Day, which has taken some of the meaning away of spending a relaxing day with friends and family, all in the name of profit.
The Thanksgiving holidays mark one of the busiest travel periods in the USA both on the roads and in the air. Starting around November 20th and lasting until approximately December 1st. It is expected that in 2016, over 25 million people will travel during these dates.
A presidential pardon of at least one turkey is performed yearly at the White House. This tradition is staple of public engagement and a photo opportunity for the President Of The United States (POTUS). This popular event dates back to the 1940s.
Video: White House Turkey Pardon (2013)
Television is also highly watched on Thanksgiving Day. Many people enjoy watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, a tradition that has been around since the 1920s and, of course, FOOTBALL!
Video: 2015 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Thanksgiving day is celebrated on these days in the United States:
THU NOV 24TH 2016 – Thanksgiving Day 2016 THU NOV 23RD 2017 – Thanksgiving Day 2017
- THU NOV 22ND 2018 – Thanksgiving Day 2018
- THU NOV 28TH 2019 – Thanksgiving Day 2019
- THU NOV 26TH 2020 – Thanksgiving Day 2020