This is a day to look back and be thankful for all that we have. A day for families to come together and celebrate with each other and be thankful for one another.
Whether you are at home with family, abroad with the military, or flying with the airlines, we can all pause a moment and be thankful for the things we have. It can be a job, a newborn, or even a piece of toast. Take a moment and remember the origins of this tradition American Holiday.
Parades have also become an integral part of the holiday in cities and towns across the United States. Presented by Macy’s department store since 1924, New York City’s Thanksgiving Day parade is the largest and most famous, attracting some 2 to 3 million spectators along its 2.5-mile route and drawing an enormous television audience. It typically features marching bands, performers, elaborate floats conveying various celebrities and giant balloons shaped like cartoon characters.
Beginning in the mid-20th century and perhaps even earlier, the president of the United States has “pardoned” one or two Thanksgiving turkeys each year, sparing the birds from slaughter and sending them to a farm for retirement. A number of U.S. governors also perform the annual turkey pardoning ritual.