The tradition of Thanksgiving

Once a year, Americans celebrate Thanksgiving on the 4th Thursday of November. Celebrations include spending time with friends and family, eating turkey and pumpkin pie and watching or playing football.

Most cities across the U.S celebrate Thanksgiving by holding a parade; the most well known of these is the New York City Macy's parade which lasts 3 hours and is shown on television.

The celebration of Thanksgiving was originally a feast to give thanks for the previous harvest which dates back to the 17th century. It was celebrated on different dates across the country until 1789 when George Washington declared the first national Thanksgiving Day.

The following infographic, created by History.com illustrates Thanksgiving in numbers and gives an interesting insight into this holiday.

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