Thanksgiving is a holiday celebrated by many people
the United States and Canada. In the United
it is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in
and marks the start of the Christmas season.
people celebrate Thanksgiving to remember the first harvest
the pilgrims and Puritans, groups of people from
who immigrated to North America in the 1600s.
people recreate the first Thanksgiving and dress up
pilgrims, puritans, and the Native Americans who are
to have helped the new arrivals find food
survive their first winter.
Most people, however, see
as one day a year to reflect upon
they are thankful for. Some families will sit
and take turns saying aloud what they are
for. An important part of Thanksgiving is families
together. Extended family members often travel long distances
share the day with their loved ones. In
United States Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day
the year. People travel in planes, trains, buses,
cars to share a very special meal -
What most Thanksgiving celebrations have in common
the food. On Thanksgiving many families prepare large,
dinners to share with friends and loved ones.
of these dinners use ingredients associated with the
harvest, like cranberries, potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, and
. Roast turkey is the traditional meat served. It
so common that some people call Thanksgiving Day "
Day". The turkey is usually served with gravy
stuffing. Pies are usually served for dessert. The
common pies served are sweet potato, apple, pecan,
Thanksgiving is not just celebrated in the
of people's homes. Every year the President of
United States pardons a turkey, saving it from
someone's meal. In New York City, Macy's, a
store, holds a large parade with huge balloons
various cartoon characters floating down the street.