Thursday, November 25, 2021

KDKA Pittsburgh and WCVB Boston on the 400th anniversary of the first Thanksgiving

Happy ! This year marks the 400th anniversary of the first American Thanksgiving in 1621.* To observe the quadricentennial of the harvest feast of the Pilgrims and Wampanoag, I'm sharing 400 Years Old, Thanksgiving Was Late Being Recognized As National Holiday from KDKA, CBS Pittsburgh.

This Thursday is a uniquely American national holiday, but Thanksgiving wasn't always celebrated nationwide. How did this holiday become such an American tradition? KDKA's Jon Delano reports.
There's lots more to the story of Thanksgiving, but I'm an environmentalist who conserves his resources, so I'll share those in the future. Right now, I'm going to WCVB Channel 5 Boston for their coverage of the celebration at the site of the first American Thanksgiving, Plymouth Thanksgiving parade celebrates 400th anniversary of holiday.

Many people felt this year's Thanksgiving celebration in "America's Hometown" was special because last year's festivities were canceled.
As I wrote yesterday about the Macy's Parade, this parade is also a sign that things are returning to normal and the pandemic is no longer messing with our entertainment. Speaking of entertainment, the clip showed several drum corps. WCVB featured one of them in Boston Crusaders Senior Drum [Corps] performs at 2021 Plymouth Thanksgiving parade.

America's Hometown Thanksgiving Parade is a chronological look back at America's history through the years, beginning with the Pilgrim era.
I could have made an entire post featuring the drum corps and marching bands that participated in the parade and standstill, but I could use those any year for a drum corps Thanksgiving, while the quadricentennial only comes once. Next year, along with more history videos.

That's it for Thanksgiving proper, although the holiday weekend continues with Black Friday/Buy Nothing Day, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, and Giving Tuesday. Stay tuned.

*Canadian Thanksgiving is older than American Thanksgiving, originating in 1578.

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