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Thanksgiving Day in the United States in 2019 to 2020

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Thanksgiving Day in the United States is a holiday on the fourth Thursday in November. The following day is also called Black Friday.

Is Thanksgiving Day a Public Holiday?

What day is thanksgiving? Thanksgiving Day is a public holiday. It is a free day for the public and schools and most companies are closed.

Thanksgiving Day is a federal holiday in the United States.
Thanksgiving Day is a federal holiday in the United States.
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Family celebrations

Thanksgiving Day is a day for people in the United States to thank for what they have. Families and friends meet for a meal, which traditionally includes a fried turkey, stuffing, potatoes, vegetables, cranberry sauce, sauce and pumpkin pie.

In some cities, there are parades during Thanksgiving weekend. In most areas, these festivities also mark the beginning of the Christmas shopping season.

The long weekend in more than 20 states

The day after Thanksgiving, also known as Black Friday, is a holiday in more than 20 states. It is common to take trips and visit family and friends over the long weekend.

Many have the day off

Most government offices, businesses, schools, universities, colleges and other organizations are closed on Thanksgiving Day. Many offices and businesses allow staff to have a long four-day weekend for Thanksgiving, so these offices and businesses are also closed the day after Thanksgiving Day. Public transport systems do not usually work on their regular schedules.

Thanksgiving Day is one of the busiest periods of travel in the United States. This can cause congestion and congestion. Seasonal parades and busy football matches can also cause disruption to local traffic.

US weekend since 1863

Thanksgiving Day has been an annual holiday in the United States since 1863. But not everyone sees Thanksgiving Day as a reason for the celebration.

Since 1970, a group of Native Americans and their followers have organized an annual protest for a National Mourning Day at Plymouth Rock in Plymouth, Massachusetts on Thanksgiving Day. American Indian Heritage Day is also observed at this time of year.

There are claims that the first Thanksgiving Day was held in the city of El Paso, Texas, 1598. Another early event was held in Virginia in 1619. Many trace the origins of the modern-day of thanksgiving to the harvest celebration held by the Pilgrims in Plymouth, Massachusetts, 1621. But their first real thanksgiving was in 1623 when they thanked for the rain that ended a drought. This early thanksgiving took the form of a special church service rather than a feast.

During the second half of the 17th century, thanksgiving after the harvest became more common and became annual events. But they were celebrated on different days in different communities and in some places there was more than one thanksgiving every year. George Washington, the first president of the United States, proclaimed the first national Thanksgiving Day in 1789. {Macy’s thanksgiving day parade}

Thanksgiving Day Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2000Thu23 NovThanksgiving Day 2000Federal Holiday
2001Thu22 NovThanksgiving Day 2001Federal Holiday
2002Thu28 NovThanksgiving Day 2002Federal Holiday
2003Thu27 NovThanksgiving Day 2003Federal Holiday
2004Thu25 NovThanksgiving Day 2004Federal Holiday
2005Thu24 NovThanksgiving Day 2005Federal Holiday
2006Thu23 NovThanksgiving Day 2006Federal Holiday
2007Thu22 NovThanksgiving Day 2007Federal Holiday
2008Thu27 NovThanksgiving Day 2008Federal Holiday
2009Thu26 NovThanksgiving Day 2009Federal Holiday
2010Thu25 NovThanksgiving Day 2010Federal Holiday
2011Thu24 NovThanksgiving Day 2011Federal Holiday
2012Thu22 NovThanksgiving Day 2012Federal Holiday
2013Thu28 NovThanksgiving Day 2013Federal Holiday
2014Thu27 NovThanksgiving Day 2014Federal Holiday
2015Thu26 NovThanksgiving Day 2015Federal Holiday
2016Thu24 NovThanksgiving Day 2016Federal Holiday
2017Thu23 NovThanksgiving Day 2017Federal Holiday
2018Thu22 NovThanksgiving Day 2018Federal Holiday
2019Thu28 NovThanksgiving Day 2019Federal Holiday
2020Thu26 NovThanksgiving Day 2020Federal Holiday
2021Thu25 NovThanksgiving Day 2021Federal Holiday
2022Thu24 NovThanksgiving Day 2022Federal Holiday
2023Thu23 NovThanksgiving Day 2023Federal Holiday
2024Thu28 NovThanksgiving Day 2024Federal Holiday
2025Thu27 NovThanksgiving Day 2025Federal Holiday
2026Thu26 NovThanksgiving Day 2026Federal Holiday
2027Thu25 NovThanksgiving Day 2027Federal Holiday
2028Thu23 NovThanksgiving Day 2028Federal Holiday
2029Thu22 NovThanksgiving Day 2029Federal Holiday
2030Thu28 NovThanksgiving Day 2030Federal Holiday
2031Thu27 NovThanksgiving Day 2031Federal Holiday
2032Thu25 NovThanksgiving Day 2032Federal Holiday
2033Thu24 NovThanksgiving Day 2033Federal Holiday
2034Thu23 NovThanksgiving Day 2034Federal Holiday
2035Thu22 NovThanksgiving Day 2035Federal Holiday
2036Thu27 NovThanksgiving Day 2036Federal Holiday
2037Thu26 NovThanksgiving Day 2037Federal Holiday
2038Thu25 NovThanksgiving Day 2038Federal Holiday
2039Thu24 NovThanksgiving Day 2039Federal Holiday
2040Thu22 NovThanksgiving Day 2040Federal Holiday
2041Thu28 NovThanksgiving Day 2041Federal Holiday
2042Thu27 NovThanksgiving Day 2042Federal Holiday
2043Thu26 NovThanksgiving Day 2043Federal Holiday
2044Thu24 NovThanksgiving Day 2044Federal Holiday
2045Thu23 NovThanksgiving Day 2045Federal Holiday
2046Thu22 NovThanksgiving Day 2046Federal Holiday
2047Thu28 NovThanksgiving Day 2047Federal Holiday
2048Thu26 NovThanksgiving Day 2048Federal Holiday
2049Thu25 NovThanksgiving Day 2049Federal Holiday

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