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Thanksgiving Day 2021: Recipes, Traditions, and Trivia

Find out when the next Thanksgiving dates take place along with ideas and traditions.

When is Thanksgiving Day?

In the United States, Thanksgiving Day is always the 4th Thursday in November. In 2021, Thanksgiving Day is Thursday, November 25th.

In Canada, Thanksgiving Day occurs on the second Monday in October.

Thanksgiving Calendar
Year U.S. Thanksgiving Day Canadian Thanksgiving Day
2021 Thursday, November 25 Monday, October 11
2022 Thursday, November 24 Monday, October 10
2023 Thursday, November 23 Monday, October 9

When Did Thanksgiving Become A Holiday?

Flint corn (also known as indian corn) in a variety of colors.

Thanksgiving has been an official holiday since the days of George Washington, who, in 1789, issued the first proclamation of Thanksgiving to honor the new national constitution.

During the early 19th century, numerous states began to observe Thanksgiving on their own, setting different dates state by state.

In the 1860s, Mrs. Sarah J. Hale, editor of Codey’s Lady’s Book, mounted a vigorous campaign for a national Thanksgiving Day to be on the same date each year, coast to coast.

This gained presidential attention, and subsequently, on October 3 of 1863, Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November as a National Day of Thanksgiving. We celebrated the official holiday together as a nation on November 26, 1863.

For the next seven decades, each U.S. President issued his own proclamation confirming the date. Then, in 1939, Franklin D. Roosevelt re-set the day as November’s third Thursday.

But, in 1941, a resolution was made to change it to the fourth Thursday of November, and it has remained thus ever since.

A Happy Thanksgiving Feast of Ideas!

We scoured the archives for our best Thanksgiving recipes, helpful hints, trivia, blogs, and more, and put them all in one spot so you won’t have to dig! Happy browsing!

The Recipes

Homemade Thanksgiving Turkey on a Plate with Stuffing and Potatoes

Thanksgiving Helpful Hints

Thanksgiving" note card placed on plate held in place by a pine cone.

Thanksgiving Traditions

Woman holding a Thanksgiving turkey dish.
Traditional Thanksgiving holiday in the USA, with family preparing turkey and gathering around the table.

Managing The Leftovers

Thanksgiving leftovers in a delicious looking sandwich.

Riddles, Trivia & Nostalgia

Two male tom turkeys in full colorful feather display.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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