Updated November 16, 2022 | Infoplease Staff
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Thanksgiving is more than a meal— it's a chance to connect with family and friends, remember what you are grateful for, and of course, pass the mashed potatoes and gravy. But why not explore more about this interesting holiday, including its history, traditions, and some great Thanksgiving trivia that will tantalize all your guests at the table this year!


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Holiday History

Slideshow: Thanksgiving Turkey at the White House

From 1947 to the present, a history of U.S. Presidents and the fate of their Thanksgiving turkeys.

Thanksgiving Presidential Turkey Pardon

The turkey that lives to see another day!

Thanksgiving History

From fall feast to national holiday.

Thanksgiving by the Numbers

From the U.S. Census Bureau.

Lincoln's Thanksgiving Day Proclamation

The official proclamation which was first delivered in October 1863.

History of Black Friday

How the day after Thanksgiving became the busiest shopping day of the year.

All About Turkeys

Slideshow: Creative Ways to Cook a Turkey

Find images and information about turkey tradition, including roasting the turkey, marinating the turkey, brining the turkey, and more.

Carving the Perfect Turkey

Six steps to a perfectly carved meal!

Turkey Trivia

How did the turkey get its name? Do they roost in trees? What did Benjamin Franklin have to do with the wild turkey? Find out with our fast turkey facts!

Fowl FAQs

Giblets, gobbling, and gizzards, oh my!

Thanksgiving Fun

For Kids:

How to Say "Thank You" in 26 Languages

Kiitos in Finnish; merci in French.

Turkey Day Quiz

How fast can a turkey trot if a turkey trotted a trot?

For Families:

Thanksgiving Quotes from Movies (& TV Shows!)

Relax with these Thanksgiving-themed movies.

What's the Best Thanksgiving Movie?

Vote for your favorite!

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