Ten fun facts about Thanksgiving Day
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It has been an annual tradition since 1863.
The event that Americans commonly call the "First Thanksgiving" was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in 1621.
As it is a Federal holiday, all United States government offices are closed and employees are paid for that day.
It is also a holiday for the New York Stock Exchange and most other financial markets and financial services companies.Fact 5
The first documented thanksgiving feasts in territory currently belonging to the United States were conducted by Spaniards in the 16th century.Fact 6
The practice of “pardoning” turkeys in this manner becomes a permanent tradition in 1989.Fact 7
On Oct. 6, 1941, both houses of the U.S. Congress passed a joint resolution fixing the traditional last-Thursday date for the holiday beginning in 1942.Fact 8
American football is an important part of many Thanksgiving celebrations in the United States. Professional football games are often held on Thanksgiving Day.Fact 9
As a federal and public holiday in the U.S., Thanksgiving is one of the major holidays of the year.Fact 10
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