Thanksgiving Holiday 2016 and 2017

Thanksgiving Day is a federal holiday in the USA.  Thanksgiving is one of the most family orientated holidays on the calendar.  It can be one of the most relaxed holidays as it is generally spent at home with family and friends.  Families gather for a traditional turkey dinner and assorted traditional side dishes.

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Thanksgiving 2016 is set to be the busiest for travel in 9 years according to Time Magazine.  Over 48.7 million Americans are predicted to hit the roads and take to the skies.

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When is Thanksgiving? Thursday November 24th 2016, Thursday November 23rd 2017.

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Thanksgiving Events

Some thanksgiving events include:

  • Watch on television as the U.S President “pardons” a turkey provided by the National Turkey Federation.  This tradition started after Ronald Reagan issued an official presidential pardon to a turkey in 1987 and sent it to a petting zoo instead.
  • Watch professional and college football games on TV.  The NFL has been playing “turkey bowls” for as long as it has existed and college football games are very common on the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving.
  • Watch a Thanksgiving Parade.images-6
  • Shop on BLACK FRIDAY the day after Thanksgiving when stores open early and late and have huge sales it is is the busiest shopping day of the year.

Why Thanksgiving? The first Thanksgiving was in 1621 when the Plymouth Pilgrim community and local Indians celebrated the first harvest that the colonists reaped on American soil. In 1941 a law was passed to have thanksgiving day on the last Thursday in November which has continued annually.

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