Ten fun facts about Thanksgiving Day

Fact 1
It has been an annual tradition since 1863.

Fact 2
The event that Americans commonly call the "First Thanksgiving" was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in 1621.

Fact 3
As it is a Federal holiday, all United States government offices are closed and employees are paid for that day.

Fact 4
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
Together with Christmas and New Year, Thanksgiving is a part of the broader holiday season.

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Short about Thanksgiving Day
is a holiday celebrated in the United States on the fourth Thursday in November.