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Thanksgiving in the USA 2013

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Thanksgiving: An American Holiday
Thanksgiving cornucopia

Thanksgiving Cornucopia

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Thanksgiving is one of the USA's biggest holidays. On this day, Americans typically reunite with family over a big meal to "give thanks" for the year's blessings. The traditional centerpiece of the Thanksgiving meal is a turkey, which is also one of the main symbols of Thanksgiving.

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?

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.

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