Saturday 28 May 2016
(Week 21)

Thanksgiving 2016, 2017 and further

View below the dates for (among others) Thanksgiving 2016 and Thanksgiving 2017.
You can also see on which day the holiday falls and how many days it is until this holiday.
DateHolidayDay
November 24, 2016 Thanksgiving 2016 Thursday
November 23, 2017 Thanksgiving 2017 Thursday
November 22, 2018 Thanksgiving 2018 Thursday
November 28, 2019 Thanksgiving 2019 Thursday
November 26, 2020 Thanksgiving 2020 Thursday
November 25, 2021 Thanksgiving 2021 Thursday
November 24, 2022 Thanksgiving 2022 Thursday
November 23, 2023 Thanksgiving 2023 Thursday
November 28, 2024 Thanksgiving 2024 Thursday
November 27, 2025 Thanksgiving 2025 Thursday
November 26, 2026 Thanksgiving 2026 Thursday

Significance of Thanksgiving 2016

Thanksgiving 2016 (also known as Thanksgiving Day) is an important federal holiday, celebrated annually on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States. Thanksgiving 2016 precedes “Black Friday” and is traditionally a holiday to give thanks for the food collected at the end of the harvest season.

History of Thanksgiving

In September 1620, a small ship called the Mayflower left Plymouth, England, carrying 102 passengers embarked on a journey to discover the New World. After a treacherous journey lasting 66 days, they arrived near the tip of Cape Cod, far north of their intended destination at the mouth of the Hudson River. One month later, the Mayflower crossed Massachusetts Bay, where the Pilgrims, as they are now commonly known, began the work of establishing a village at Plymouth. Throughout that first brutal winter, most of the colonists remained on board the ship, where they suffered from exposure, scurvy and outbreaks of contagious disease. Only half of the Mayflower’s original passengers lived to see their first New England spring. In March, the remaining settlers moved ashore and began to harvest with help and alliance with Native Americans of the area. This alliance tragically remains one of the sole examples of harmony between European colonists and Native Americans.

In November 1621, after the Pilgrims’ first corn harvest proved successful, Governor William Bradford organized a three-day celebratory feast, now remembered as American’s “First Thanksgiving”- although, it is argued that the Pilgrims themselves may not have used the term “Thanksgiving” at the time. Historians also argue that the Pilgrims had their first true thanksgiving in 1623, when they gave thanks for rain that ended a drought. In the second half of the 1600s, thanksgivings after the harvest became more common and started to become annual events. George Washington, the first president of the United States, proclaimed the first national Thanksgiving Day in 1789 and it officially became an annual holiday in 1863.

Traditions of Thanksgiving

Although Thanksgiving 2016 has historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, it has long been celebrated in a secular manner as well. Thanksgiving 2016 is a time for many people to give thanks for what they have. Presently, it has become a day for families and friends to get together for a special meal. The meal often includes a turkey, stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce, gravy, pumpkin pie, and vegetables. Volunteering is a common Thanksgiving Day 2016 activity, and communities often hold food drives and host free dinners for the less fortunate. Parades have also become an important part of the holiday in cities and towns across the United States.

When is Thanksgiving 2016

Thanksgiving [Year] takes place on the fourth Thursday of November annually. The date on which the holiday falls on changes annually but remains on a Thursday, consult the above table for exact dates.
See besides 'Thanksgiving' even more holidays, click on one of the links below.

View or download the 2016 calendar.

See also the 2016 Calendar.