North Americans take time out of each year to give thanks for the year’s harvest and other bounties on Thanksgiving Day. Most Americans believe that the first Thanksgiving was a harvest celebration in 1621 between English colonists (Pilgrims) at Plymouth and the Wampanoag.
The traditional American Thanksgiving meal typically consists of turkey, bread stuffing, potatoes, cranberries, and pumpkin pie, and the holiday is steeped in myth and symbolism. As people from all over the country travel to be with loved ones, Thanksgiving is a peak travel time. On Thursday, November 24, 2022, Americans will gather to give thanks for all their blessings.
As the Thanksgiving celebrations got underway in Plymouth, some colonists went “fowling,” possibly for turkeys but more likely for the easier prey of geese and ducks, as they “in one day killed as much as…
served the company almost a week.” Then, a group of approximately ninety Wampanoag showed up unexpectedly at the settlement’s gate, unsettling its fifty or so inhabitants. However, the two groups were able to interact peacefully over the subsequent days. Wampanoag hunters provided venison for the feast, which also included beer,
vegetables, and possibly fish, eels, shellfish, stews, and even a few beers. Most people in Plymouth ate their meals outside, on the ground, or on barrels, because there were so few permanent structures and manufactured goods in the settlement.
The men drank, shotguns, and competed in races while communicating in halting English and Wampanoag. Despite the chaos, a treaty was signed between the two groups that would hold until King Philip’s War (1675–76), in which thousands of Native Americans and colonists died.
Thanksgiving became a time for families to get together despite the growing distances between them as the United States became more urbanized. To make room for immigrants of all faiths and backgrounds to celebrate together, the holiday distanced itself from its religious origins.
When Yale played Princeton on Thanksgiving Day for the first time in 1876, football fans suddenly had an excuse to get rowdy on the national holiday. The practice of parading around in costumed celebration became popular in the late 1800s.
When Gimbel’s department store opened in Philadelphia in 1920, they held a parade featuring 50 participants and Santa Claus at the end. Since 1924, New York City has continued the tradition with the annual Macy’s parade, which now features enormous balloons.
History Of Thanksgiving In America
Harvest festivals had been observed for centuries by Native Americans before Thanksgiving was formally established in the United States, with colonial services dating back to the late 16th century. The harvest festivals of fall honored the fruits of a season of fruitful growth.
It is said that in the early 1600s, communities of settlers in both Massachusetts and Virginia held feasts to give thanks for their survival, the fertility of their fields, and their faith. The first modern Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 by European settlers and local Wampanoag allies in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
The three-day celebration is widely regarded as the “original” Thanksgiving holiday celebration in the colonies. There were, however, other thanksgiving observances that took place here.
The indigenous Timucua people of St. Augustine, Florida, and the Spanish explorers who had settled there in 1565 held a thanksgiving mass together. Upon arriving at what would become known as Berkeley Hundred on the banks of the James River in Virginia in 1619, British colonists declared a day of thanksgiving.
Naturally, there is evidence of “thanksgiving” for the harvest dating back to ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Even before the arrival of Europeans to the Americas, Native American cultures had a long-standing custom of celebrating the harvest with a feast. Thanksgiving celebrations have been held by various colonies and states for over two centuries after the Pilgrims left.
When Is Thanksgiving 2022?
In the United States, Thanksgiving is a federal holiday observed annually on the fourth Thursday of November. On November 24th, 2022, people will celebrate this holiday.
Since 1941, Thanksgiving has always been celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November, although the precise date of the holiday varies from year to year. There is a window of opportunity between November 22 and November 28 for Thanksgiving.
Surprisingly, in 1938, President Franklin D. Roosevelt decided to switch Thanksgiving from the fourth Thursday to the third Thursday of the month. On the other hand, this was not well received. (There’s more to the story, which you can find below.)
The second Monday of every October is dedicated to Thanksgiving in Canada. On Monday, October 10, 2022, the holiday was celebrated.
The United States and Canada celebrate a national day of thanksgiving each year in November thanks to the bounty of their harvest and other good fortunes throughout the year.
The English colonists (Pilgrims) at Plymouth in 1621 shared a harvest feast with the local Wampanoag people. This is widely credited as the inspiration for modern American Thanksgiving.