Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving Day, celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, has been an annual tradition in the United States since 1863, when during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of thanksgiving to be celebrated on Thursday, November 26.
The event that Americans commonly call the “First Thanksgiving” was celebrated to give thanks to God for helping the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony survive their first brutal winter in New England. The first Thanksgiving feast lasted three days, providing enough food for 53 pilgrims and 90 Native Americans.
This tradition continued in modern times with the Thanksgiving dinner, traditionally featuring turkey (playing a large role in the celebration of Thanksgiving) together with mashed potatoes with gravy, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, sweet corn, various fall vegetables (mainly various kinds of squashes), and pumpkin pie.
There are also many parades in different cities but, without doubt, the most popular one is held annually (since 1924) in New York City. This parade is televised nationally by NBC and it features parade floats with specific themes, scenes from Broadway plays, large balloons of cartoon characters and TV personalities, and high school marching bands.
Now that you probably know so much about Thanksgiving, it is time to relax and enjoy the following clip.