Thanksgiving Traditions


Cole Brandt, Writer

Thanksgiving is a national holiday celebrated in the United States on the fourth Thursday in November. It is a time for families and friends to come together and give thanks for the blessings they received that year. Thanksgiving traditions vary from family to family, but there are a few common traditions that many people follow.

One of the most iconic Thanksgiving traditions is the Thanksgiving feast. This feast typically includes a roast turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, and a variety of other dishes such as roast vegetables, sweet potatoes, and pies. Many families also include traditional dishes specific to their cultural or ethnic heritage.

Another common Thanksgiving tradition is the Thanksgiving parade. Many cities and towns hold parades on Thanksgiving Day featuring floats, marching bands, and other performances. The most recognized Thanksgiving parade is Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, presented by the department store chain Macy’s. Since 1924, this parade has occurred every year. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is one of the two second-oldest Thanksgiving parades in the US, the other being America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit. 

Many people also celebrate Thanksgiving by participating in community service or volunteering; This can include volunteering at a soup kitchen or food bank or helping to organize a community Thanksgiving dinner for those in need.

In addition to these more traditional Thanksgiving activities, many people also take the opportunity to spend time with their loved ones and create new memories. Time spent with loved ones can involve playing sports or games, watching Thanksgiving-themed movies or TV shows, or simply spending time together and catching up.

Overall, Thanksgiving is a time to come together and express gratitude for the blessings in our lives. Whether we show our thankfulness through the Thanksgiving feast, watching the Thanksgiving parade, or spending time with loved ones, this holiday is a celebration of the things that give us joy and bring us closer together.