- The date of the First Thanksgiving is not precisely known though it occured between September 21 and November 9, 1621.
- The Plymouth Pilgrims dined with the Wampanoag Indians for the First Thanksgiving.
The First Thanksgiving lasted for three days.
- According to Edward Winslow, a participant in the First Thanksgiving, the feast bconsisted of: Corn, Barley, Fowl including Wild Turkeys and Waterfowl, Venison.
- 52 Pilgrims attended the 'First Thanksgiving' in 1621 including: John Alden, William Bradford,Priscilla Mullins, Miles Standish.
- Approximately 50 Native Americans attended the 'First Thanksgiving' including:
Massasoit, Squanto - the Pilgrim's Translator.
- This 'First Thanksgiving' was actually a secular event that was not repeated. A Calvinist Thanksgiving actually did occur in 1623 and did not involve sharing food with the Native Americans.
- The first National celebration of Thanksgiving was declared in 1777 by the Continental Congress. However, this was not an annual event.
- In 1863, two national days of Thanksgiving were declared:
One celebrated the Union victory at Gettysburg, The other created the Thanksgiving holiday we still celebrate today.
- Each year, the President declares a day of National Thanksgiving.
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