When Is Thanksgiving Day?

Table set for Thanksgiving dinner

In the United States, Thanksgiving is an official holiday, when people give thanks for the blessings in their life. It is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, although other countries (such as Canada) celebrate their Thanksgiving holiday on a different date.

Many families celebrate Thanksgiving by gathering and enjoying a family meal. It is modeled after a good-will meal between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Native American tribe. Traditional foods consumed include turkey and mashed potatoes.

Many Christians offer Thanksgivings and prayers to God on this day.

In the Catholic Church in the United States, the celebration is an optional Memorial, meaning it is a low-level holy day. Nonetheless, the Church still celebrates this holiday.

Updated 06-20-2023 by Elizabeth Craig