Thanksgiving Day: History, Celebrations, Facts, Quotes, and Deals

You should learn more about the history of Thanksgiving and the rituals and traditions that are practiced and are a part of it. Furthermore, if you wish to celebrate the holiday with your friends & family and in the community. Additionally, there are several sales and deals on this occasion nationwide. Therefore, follow this guide by on Thanksgiving for comprehensive knowledge. 


Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated annually in the United States and Canada to give thanks for the blessings of the harvest and of the past year. The holiday is observed on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States and on the second Monday of October in Canada.

History of Thanksgiving Day

The history of anything and everything is lengthy. Therefore, here we'll explain the history in short. Well, context and significance are the two factors that create history. 

The history of Thanksgiving Day dates back to the early 17th century when the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony in present-day Massachusetts celebrated their first successful harvest in the New World. This celebration was held in 1621 and was attended by the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Native Americans. That'sThat's why it is called Thanksgiving Day, paying homage to the Harvest Festival. 

What is "The Harvest Festival of Thanks"?

Many countries across the globe, including Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, commemorate the Harvest of Festivals, also known as Erntedankfest. In the US, it is celebrated more as a holiday. But this one is frequently observed at large gatherings and feasts in the neighborhood in several other countries. Furthermore, the religious aspect of the festivities is more prominent. One of the key components of this festival is posters and creatives of food displays, which are used to decorate churches and other buildings.

Thanksgiving and expressing gratitude are the primary reasons for holding such a celebration. Moreover, it is a day when people from all walks of life join together to give back. Volunteers donate food to the hungry, offer free health checks, give out clothing or furniture to people in need, and collect money for charitable events throughout the celebrations.

Celebrating Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Day is an occasion for families and friends to gather together. Furthermore, they share a meal and give thanks for the blessings of the year. Traditional Thanksgiving dishes include roasted turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie.

1. Turkey

The turkey bird roast is more of a western influence on other celebrations as well. The turkey is the centerpiece of festivity and feasts.

2. The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Since its inception, Macy's has hosted the biggest Thanksgiving Day parade in the world. The parade is traditionally held in New York City and then follows several festivities related to Thanksgiving. Moreover, this event was first staged in 1924 by a group of Macy's employees. 

3. Breaking The Wishbone

As a tradition, the turkey's wishbone is broken as part of Thanksgiving celebrations in most families. The bone is affixed in the chest area of the turkey to the breast meat.

Facts about Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving is a holiday honoring the harvest and the expression of gratitude. For a very long time, Americans have celebrated this holiday as a festival to gather and share meals with friends and family. However, that's not all; there's more to it, which is listed in the below facts.

1. The first recorded celebration of Thanksgiving in North America was by the Spanish in what is now Florida in 1565.

2. The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is a popular event held annually in New York City on Thanksgiving Day.

3. The National Turkey Federation estimates that over 46 million turkeys are consumed on Thanksgiving Day in the United States.

Thanksgiving Quotes

You may like the following few Thanksgiving quotes to cheer up your festive spirit.    

1. "Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow." - Melody Beattie.

2. "Thanksgiving is a time of togetherness and gratitude." - Nigel Hamilton.

3. "Thanksgiving is not just for expressing thanks for what we have, but also for being grateful for what we have been able to give others." - Rick Warren.

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