Thanksgiving Day History
Thanksgiving Day is a celebration of giving thanks for the harvest and blessings of the past year. It is a day of giving thanks to God for his many blessings and expressing our gratitude to friends and family members. It is celebrated in the US and in parts of Canada. Thanksgiving day dates back to the Reformation Period and is accompanied by prayers, special ceremonies, and feasts. Thanksgiving is observed on the fourth Thursday in November each year.
Facts about Thanksgiving Day
- The first Thanksgiving Day feast was held in 1621 between the Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag Indians.
- In 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.
- In 2012 the 254 million turkeys were raised in the United States (Source: Census.gov).
- President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the fourth Thursday in November as the official Thanksgiving Day in 1941.
Thanksgiving is almost here. It's my favorite holiday, which is surprising since I'm no fan of giving or saying thanks. - Stephen Colbert
Thanksgiving Day Top Events and Things to Do
- Watch or attend the a Parade. The largest are the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York and the McDonalds Thanksgiving parade in Chicago.
- Eat lots of good food including turkey, cranberry sauce and sweet potatoes.
- Watch or attend a football game. Besides NFL, there are many college and high school football games on this day.
- Go running or do some other form of exercise in the morning - so you won't feel so guilty indulging a grand Thanksgiving meal.
- Talk to relatives and friends by phone, email, or internet.