- The first Thanksgiving was a simple gathering between the remaining 56 English colonists and the 91 American Indians that helped them reap their harvest in 1621. It was a traditional English harvest festival that lasted three days.
- Did you know that George Washington was the first President to proclaim a nationwide day of Thanksgiving? November 26, 1789 "as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts"
- Abraham Lincoln made a proclamation declaring October 3 Thanksgiving Day in 1863.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt , December 26 1941, signed a joint resolution that moved Thanksgiving from the last Thursday in November to the fourth Thursday.
- Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada, our northern neighbors.
- The classic meal for Thanksgiving of turkey, cranberries, pumpkin pie and root vegetables is based on the New England fall harvests although local cooks have modified the menus based on taste and food choice.
- New Mexico uses chilies and southwest flavors. Locals on the Chesapeake Bay use blue crab as an ingredient. In the Midwest, the turkey may have wild rice stuffing, or in the northwest hazelnuts are an added ingredient. Indiana prefers persimmon puddings and Key West key lime pie. Baltimoreans add sauerkraut to their meal.
- Corn, sweet potatoes/yams and pork are southern staples with addins like ham, sweet potato casserole, corn bread dressing along with other pies and puddings.
- Sunday after Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day in the United States. Over 10 million people will find a flight. Another 40 million will drive 100 miles or more to be with family and friends.
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