Along with “the bird,” we relish the Thanksgiving Day parade, football rivalry and kickoff of the holiday shopping season. But the essence of Thanksgiving is all about giving thanks, a time to express gratitude for all the blessings in our lives.
This year, Thanksgiving falls on Nov. 28. Once again families and friends will gather for a great meal. To get in the spirit, take our quiz on the history of Thanksgiving:
1. We look back to the Pilgrims for the origins of Thanksgiving. These early settlers and their Native American neighbors joined for a harvest feast in 1621 that many think of as the first Thanksgiving. Where did the dinner take place? a) Boston b) Jamestown, Va. c) Plymouth, Mass. or d) Philadelphia
2. The first Thanksgiving Proclamation came during the Revolutionary War. It established a day of thanks for the 13 original colonies to commemorate the Battle of Saratoga. Who made this proclamation? a) George Washington b) Benjamin Franklin c) Thomas Jefferson or d) the Continental Congress
3. In the 19th century, which American president established Thanksgiving Day as an annual national holiday celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November? a) John Quincy Adams b) Andrew Jackson c) Zachary Taylor or d) Abraham Lincoln
4. In what year was it decided that Thanksgiving would be the fourth Thursday in November? a) 1910 b) 1925 c) 1941 or d) 1950
5. Each year in New York City, mega-retailer Macy’s sponsors an iconic Thanksgiving parade. However, another big department store was the first to sponsor a Thanksgiving parade, back in 1920. Which store was it? a) Gimbels b) Neiman Marcus c) Lord & Taylor or d) Bloomingdale’s
1. c) Plymouth, Mass. The dinner shared by the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians has been immortalized in the history books.
2. d) The Continental Congress. The early lawmakers proclaimed a day of Thanksgiving in 1777.
3. d) Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln established the first annual national Thanksgiving in 1863 in the midst of the Civil War.
4. c) 1941. In that year, Congress established the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day.
5. a) Gimbels, which founded a retail department store in Philadelphia, sponsored a Thanksgiving parade in 1920, four years before the first Macy’s parade.