Americans of all religions celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday ofNovember. Children do not go to school and most business close for four days. http://www.healthtalktoday.net/category/holidays-and-events/thanksgiving
People in Canada also celebrate Thanksgiving, but they do it on the second Mondayof October.
On 6 September 1620, 102 men, women and children left Plymouth in south-west England on ship called the Mayflower.http://www.southernlife.org.uk/mayflower.htm
The voyage was difficult. Some ofthem died. On 11 December 1620they landed on the north-eastcoast of north America. Theycalled this area Plymouth.
It was almost winter and there wasn’t much food. They built houses, butit was late to grow crops. The winter was long and cold and half of thePilgrims died. http://www.themeshack.net/wallpapers_archive1/holiday/thanksgiving/003.htm
In the spring a native American called Squanto helped the Pilgrims. Soon thePilgrims and the Wampanoag native Americans became friends. The Pilgrimsgrew crops and the summer harvest was excellent. http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2007/07/08/wampanoag_tribes_powwow_s http://www.firstthanksgivinggarden.com/article_01.html hows_extra_spirit_this_year/
William Bradford was the governor of the Pilgrims’ colony. He decided tocelebrate with a dinner for the Pilgrims and about ninety native Americans. Hewanted to thank god. This was the first Thanksgiving dinner, and it continued forthree days.
Today the traditional Thanksgiving meal is similar to the first. People eat roast turkey with cranberry sauce, potatoes, corn and pumpkin pie. http://culturemob.com/thanksgiving-dinners-in-denverhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:New_England_Thanksgiving_Dinner.jpg
Many charity organizations prepare a free meal for the poor people in their town or city. http://www.painetworks.com/previews/je/je0977.html
New York City celebrates with Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Amcy’sdepartment store organised the first parade in 1924. this parade is veryfamous, and more than two million people go to see it every year.