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History of Thanksgiving

You may think of thanksgiving as a holiday just meant to eat a lot of food, but it’s much more than that!

Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November each year in America and has been an official holiday since June 28, 1870. Although it only became an official holiday in 1870, Thanksgiving has been celebrated in America much longer than that.

The first Thanksgiving in the Americas was celebrated as a feast in 1621 between the native Wampanoag, and the Pilgrims from England. They held a feast in celebration of their harvest as was done in England and had the Wampanoag in attendance as they taught the Pilgrims how to grow crops in the Americas. This tradition became common throughout the America’s for years to come resulting in President Ulysses S. Grant declaring it as an official holiday in the United States.

Since then, Thanksgiving is a very popular holiday in the United States with 85% of its population celebrating the holiday. They celebrate it by getting together with their family and friends and eating many different types of food such as turkey, gravy, pie, mashed potatoes, yams, and much more. Overall, thanksgiving is all about celebrating what we have to be thankful for and of course, eating lots of food!

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