This year you will have a little extra time to plan for the Thanksgiving holiday. Thanksgiving falls on November 28th this year, the first time it has been this late in the month since 2013.
Historically, Thanksgiving has been celebrated on the last Thursday of the month since Abraham Lincoln. However, in 1939, President Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving to the second to last Thursday as there were 5 Thursdays in November that year. Many people were unhappy with the change and as 1941 ended, Roosevelt signed a bill declaring Thanksgiving Day to be a United States federal holiday to be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November, regardless of the number of Thursdays in the month.
This year, November begins on a Friday, putting the fourth Thursday of the month on November 28th.
The most widely known Thanksgiving celebration was that of the Pilgrims in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621. These early settlers of America feasted for 3 days with the Wampanoag Indians, giving thanks for their harvest and for their survival.
Since William Bradford wrote of how the colonists had hunted wild turkeys during the autumn of 1621 and since turkey is a uniquely North American (and scrumptious) bird, the idea of turkey as the Thanksgiving centerpiece for Americans celebration turkey as gained traction.
Centuries later, modern Thanksgiving celebrations continue to be largely centered around a large roasted turkey, served with a variety of side dishes such as traditional mashed potatoes, stuffing, and cranberry sauce. Thanksgiving is the largest eating event in the United States.
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