Thanksgiving Locations Quiz
Where was the first Thanksgiving celebrated with the Wampanoag First Nations in 1621?
- After the new colony of settlers harvested a successful crop in the New World, they celebrated a Thanksgiving meal with members of the First Nations tribe.
Where did the Mayflower pilgrims set sail from when they left for the New World?
- With the new location in the Americas aptly named after the origin of the Mayflower, Plymouth and Plymouth Rock are staples of New England history.
Where was the earliest Thanksgiving celebration held in 1619 by settlers from the Good Ship Margaret?
- After finally making landfall and preparing to travel to their commissioned land near Jamestown, the settlers held a ceremony of Thanksgiving to show their appreciation for safe passage.
Where were the Wampanoag tribes located around the time of the Mayflower pilgrims?
- The Wampanoag people were primarily located in areas of Southeastern Massachusetts, including Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard.
What city is now famous for its Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade?
- People from around the nation gather in New York City to watch the epic parade thrown there for Thanksgiving every year.
The Continental Congress of 1777 issued the First National Proclamation of Thanksgiving by Samuel Adams from which location?
- Because the British were occupying the Revolutionary War's capital in Philadelphia, the proclamation had to be signed and issued from a temporary location, drafted by statesman Samuel Adams.
President George Washington proclaimed the first Thanksgiving Day in 1789 based on the recommendation of Congressman Elias Boudinot from which state?
- The New Jersey Congressman supported the House and Senate's request to implement an official Thanksgiving Day, the day after the First Amendment of the Constitution was created.
The official State Legislature of which state was the first to sanction Thanksgiving as a holiday outside of New England in 1830?
- New York was the first state outside of New England (Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Vermont) to adopt Thanksgiving as an official, annual holiday.
Where did President Ulysses S. Grant sign the "Holidays Act" that appointed Thanksgiving as a federal holiday, after the end of the Civil War?
- Writing from the White House, President Grant made Thanksgiving an appointed holiday for annual observance across the US, as well as Christmas, New Year's, and the 4th of July.
Which government body was the deciding force in making the last Thursday in November the annual date for Thanksgiving celebrations?
- In October 1941, Congress set out the program that, beginning in 1942, Thanksgiving would officially be observed on the last Thursday of November, as it continues to this day.