Thanksgiving is a holiday celebrated in the United States and Canada and is a day to celebrate and give thanks for the year's harvest as well as to generally express gratitude. This celebration dates back to colonial America, and while the earliest celebration may have been in Florida, the most famous Thanksgiving feast occurred in Plymouth, MA in 1621. During this thanksgiving, the Pilgrims and the Native Americans were said to have dined together to honor the first successful harvest. In the United States, Thanksgiving continues to be celebrated on the 4th Thursday of November.
As a celebration of food, Thanksgiving is recognized with a large meal served either at lunch or dinner, depending on the individual family's tradition. This meal is gathering of family and friends and is based around a roasted turkey. Typical side dishes include stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, apple pie, pumpkin pie, carrots, peas, green beans, and the list goes on.
In more recent times, turkey day football games and the Macy's Day Parade have become important elements of people's celebrations. The Friday following Thanksgiving has come to be known by the name 'Black Friday,' and signals the start to Christmas shopping with sales and extra early hours.