Thanksgiving. Tessica Burley. History. Thanksgiving Day is a harvest festival. Traditionally, it is a time to give thanks for the harvest and express gratitude in general.
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The date and location of the first Thanksgiving celebration is a topic of modest contention.
Though the earliest attested Thanksgiving celebration was on September 8, 1565 in what is now Saint Augustine, Florida, the traditional "first Thanksgiving" is venerated as having occurred at the site of Plymouth Plantation, in 1621.
Every President since Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving Day. But in 1939, 1940, and 1941 Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed Thanksgiving the third Thursday in November to lengthen the holiday shopping season. This upset people.
More than 40 million green bean casseroles are served on Thanksgiving.
Twenty percent of cranberries eaten are eaten on Thanksgiving.