First Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 among the
Pilgrims (from England) and American Indians (Native
The Pilgrims travelled to America on the Mayflower and
settled at Plymouth Rock (Massachusetts).
The Native Americans taught the Pilgrims how to fish
They celebrated the year’s harvest with a 3 day feast
giving thanks for the food and end of a drought.
President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a
national holiday in 1863.
Thanksgiving is always the 4th Thursday of November
Turkey is a bird native to North America.
Some believe there was turkey at the first Thanksgiving,
some believe they ate other types of birds, goose, fowl,
pigeon. There is no way to really know if turkey was
Turkey is the main dish served on this day, along with
many different sides such as ham, corn, green beans,
stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, sweet potato
casserole or yams, brussel sprouts, pumpkin pie, apple
Each year, the President of the United States pardons a
turkey, meaning he lets one live and not be killed for
Thanksgiving and it goes to live on a farm.
Other Thanksgiving Traditions
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Giving Thanks and Helping Others
President Giving a Pardon to a Turkey
Thanksgiving is the unofficial start to the Holiday
Go to Mom’s house
Dinner at 4:00
Watch more Football
Go to a friend’s house and have dessert
Start celebrating the Holiday Season