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THANKSGIVING DAY (USA)

When is Thanksgiving Day (USA) in 2023?

Thanksgiving Day (USA) in 2023 is on the Thursday, 23rd of Nov (11/23/2023).

Thanksgiving Day (USA) is on the 327th day of 2023. There are 38 days left in the year.

Thanksgiving Day (USA) Facts

  • Date: Nov 23, 2023
  • National
  • Also Called: Harvest Festival
  • Celebrations: Family get together
Thanksgiving Day (USA) iImage Credit: Wikipedia

Thanksgiving Day bears its origin from the harvest festival. Generally, Americans give thanks to God for their autumn harvest and every other success they have achieved in the year. Thanksgiving Day in the US is observed on the fourth Thursday in November. The day was declared a federal holiday by Abraham Lincoln in 1863. It is also a day off to American workers.

Thanksgiving History

Thanksgiving Day origin dates back in the 16th century when the first Thanksgiving dinner took place in Texas.

According to historians, a sailing vessel called Mayflower crossed the Atlantic carrying about 102 pilgrims. The journey was arduous because of terrible storms in the sea. The passengers comforted themselves by singing.

After 66 days, they arrived in Plymouth and could not proceed to their initial intended destination, Virginia because of bad weather. In fact, about 46 pilgrims died in the cold winter. The survivors learned how to grow food from Squanto, a native Indian. However, a severe drought followed and the pilgrims dedicated themselves to fasting and praying to ask God for a bountiful harvest. Their prayers were answered by rains that grew their corn, beans and pumpkins.

In the autumn of 1621, Governor William Bradford organized a 3-day feast to thank God for his favors. Although there is no evidence provided, it is believed that this was the first Thanksgiving Day by the Pilgrims. In the following years, such events became quite common and were celebrated every year. On October 3, 1789, the first president of the United States, George Washington proclaimed the day of thanksgiving. The day was later declared a public holiday in 1863 by the then President Abraham Lincoln.

When Is Thanksgiving?

Americans observe Thanksgiving Day on the fourth Thursday of November every year. The day is usually preceded by the Black Friday. This makes an ideal time to start Christmas shopping. Why is Thanksgiving in November?

Thanksgiving Day falls on the first Thursday in the month of November. The day has been celebrated in November ever since the observance of this holiday began. In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed for the day to be celebrated on the last Thursday of November. In 1939, President Roosevelt moved the day to the third Thursday of the month with intentions of prolonging the Christmas shopping season. Finally, the Congress passed it as law for the day to be observed on the fourth Thursday of November.

Which Food Is Eaten On Thanksgiving Day?

Turkey is the most common food served during the Thanksgiving Dinner. For this reason, Thanksgiving Day is also called the Turkey Day. American farmers raise millions of turkeys every year in preparation of the Thanksgiving Holiday. Other common meals on this day include potatoes, pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce and an assortment of vegetables. Why Thanksgiving is celebrated?

It is a day to thank God for a bountiful harvest in the preceding year. The day also appreciates the labor of all Americans in their various income generating activities and achievements as a nation. Families and friends meet to share and celebrate their milestones as well as their accomplishments.

How to Celebrate Thanksgiving Day?

The day is often full of pomp and color. It is a great time to exchange gifts with your loved ones and share beautiful Thanksgiving messages. If you would like to please your family and friends, get a special Thanksgiving menu and Turkey, potatoes and a variety of vegetables. If you are looking to travel out of town, you can attend Macy's Thanksgiving Parade in New York City and enjoy lively performances. Usually, the parades mark the official opening of Christmas shopping.

Thanksgiving Traditions

Although Thanksgiving Day has been observed for more than four centuries, its traditions continue to date. Family reunion and feasting are common as everyone offers prayers to God for His continuous grace. Thanksgiving ceremony is considered incomplete without turkey. Watching NFL football and playing Thanksgiving games such as scavenger hunt and picture puzzle is also a popular tradition on this day.

Thanksgiving Day (USA) Observances

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DATE
HOLIDAY NAME
  • Thu
  • Nov 27, 2008
  • Thu
  • Nov 26, 2009
  • Thu
  • Nov 25, 2010
  • Thu
  • Nov 24, 2011
  • Thu
  • Nov 22, 2012

List of National and Regional Public Holidays of United States in 2022

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
SaturdaySatJan 01, 2022Jan 01New Year's Day
MondayMonJan 17, 2022Jan 17M L King Day
MondayMonFeb 21, 2022Feb 21Presidents' Day
FridayFriApr 15, 2022Apr 15Good Friday
SundaySunApr 17, 2022Apr 17Easter Sunday
MondayMonMay 30, 2022May 30Memorial Day
SundaySunJun 19, 2022Jun 19Juneteenth
MondayMonJul 04, 2022Jul 04Independence Day
MondayMonSep 05, 2022Sep 05Labor Day
WednesdayWedOct 19, 2022Oct 19Columbus Day
FridayFriNov 11, 2022Nov 11Veterans Day
ThursdayThuNov 24, 2022Nov 24Thanksgiving Day
SundaySunDec 25, 2022Dec 25Christmas

List of Popular Celebration Days of United States in 2022

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
WednesdayWedJan 12, 2022Jan 12National Pharmacists Day
WednesdayWedJan 19, 2022Jan 19National Popcorn Day
WednesdayWedFeb 02, 2022Feb 02National Signing Day
WednesdayWedFeb 02, 2022Feb 02Groundhog Day
FridayFriFeb 04, 2022Feb 04National Wear Red Day
WednesdayWedFeb 09, 2022Feb 09National Pizza Day
SundaySunFeb 13, 2022Feb 13Galentine's Day
MondayMonFeb 14, 2022Feb 14Valentine's Day
TuesdayTueFeb 15, 2022Feb 15National Bagel Day
FridayFriFeb 18, 2022Feb 18National Drink Wine Day
TuesdayTueFeb 22, 2022Feb 22National Margarita Day
TuesdayTueMar 01, 2022Mar 01National Pancake Day
FridayFriMar 04, 2022Mar 04National Employee Appreciation Day
SundaySunMar 06, 2022Mar 06National Walking Day
MondayMonMar 07, 2022Mar 07National Cereal Day
MondayMonMar 14, 2022Mar 14National Napping Day
MondayMonMar 14, 2022Mar 14National Pi Day
MondayMonMar 14, 2022Mar 14National Walkout Day
SundaySunMar 20, 2022Mar 20National Proposal Day
WednesdayWedMar 23, 2022Mar 23National Puppy Day
WednesdayWedMar 30, 2022Mar 30National Doctor Day
ThursdayThuApr 07, 2022Apr 07National Burrito Day
ThursdayThuApr 07, 2022Apr 07National Beer Day
MondayMonApr 11, 2022Apr 11National Pet Day
TuesdayTueApr 12, 2022Apr 12National Grilled Cheese Day
ThursdayThuMay 05, 2022May 05National Day Of Prayer
SundaySunMay 08, 2022May 08Mother's Day
WednesdayWedMay 25, 2022May 25National Wine Day
WednesdayWedMay 25, 2022May 25National Towel Day
FridayFriJun 03, 2022Jun 03National Donut Day
WednesdayWedJun 08, 2022Jun 08National Best Friends Day
SundaySunJun 19, 2022Jun 19Father's Day
TuesdayTueJun 21, 2022Jun 21National Selfie Day
WednesdayWedJun 22, 2022Jun 22National Kissing Day
TuesdayTueJul 12, 2022Jul 12Amazon Prime Day
WednesdayWedJul 13, 2022Jul 13National French Fry Day
ThursdayThuJul 14, 2022Jul 14National Nude Day
SundaySunJul 17, 2022Jul 17National Ice Cream Day
WednesdayWedJul 20, 2022Jul 20National Hot Dog Day
SundaySunJul 24, 2022Jul 24National Tequila Day
FridayFriJul 29, 2022Jul 29National Chicken Wings Day
MondayMonAug 01, 2022Aug 01National Girlfriend Day
SundaySunAug 07, 2022Aug 07National Sister Day
SundaySunSep 18, 2022Sep 18National Cheeseburger Day
MondayMonOct 03, 2022Oct 03National Boyfriends Day
TuesdayTueOct 04, 2022Oct 04National Taco Day
TuesdayTueOct 04, 2022Oct 04National Vodka Day
SundaySunOct 09, 2022Oct 09Leif Erikson Day
SaturdaySatOct 15, 2022Oct 15Sweetest Day
SaturdaySatOct 29, 2022Oct 29National Cat Day
MondayMonOct 31, 2022Oct 31Halloween
ThursdayThuNov 03, 2022Nov 03National Sandwich Day
SundaySunNov 06, 2022Nov 06Daylight savings
FridayFriNov 25, 2022Nov 25Black Friday
MondayMonNov 28, 2022Nov 28Cyber Monday
SaturdaySatDec 03, 2022Dec 03Candle Day
FridayFriDec 09, 2022Dec 09National Pastry Day
FridayFriDec 16, 2022Dec 16National Ugly Sweater day