In this article, you will learn more about the origins of Thanksgiving, things to do on Thanksgiving, including additional information on attending the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, and some of the best restaurants and hotels where you can enjoy a Thanksgiving meal.
When is Thanksgiving?
Thanksgiving takes places on the fourth Thursday of November. Here are dates for upcoming Thanksgiving Days:
- Thanksgiving 2012: November 22
- Thanksgiving 2013: November 28
- Thanksgiving 2014: November 27
- Thanksgiving 2015: November 26
History of Thanksgiving
At its roots, Thanksgiving is a harvest festival. The first Thanksgiving took place in 1621, one year after European colonists, also known as pilgrims, landed at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts. During the first Thanksgiving, the pilgrims, joined by the local Wampanoag Indian tribe, celebrated and gave thanks for their first harvest in the New World.
About's guide to American History has a very thorough explanation on the Myths and Realities of Thanksgiving. Learn more about the first Thanksgiving meal, disputed beginnings of Thanksgiving, and the growth of the Thanksgiving tradition over the years.