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The fourth Thursday in November is Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a national holiday, so most people don't go to work.
People get together with their families and friends to give thanks for the good things in their lives.
Many people travel by plane, train, bus, or car to be with their relatives. More people travel for Thanksgiving than for any other holiday.
On Thanksgiving Day, families come together for a special dinner. They eat turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and cranberries. They have pumpkin pie for dessert.
Thanksgiving started over 350 years ago with the Pilgrims. In the fall of 1620, one hundred Pilgrims came to the United States from England.
They came on a boat, the Mayflower. Half of the people came for religious freedom. All came for new lives.
The first winter, the Pilgrims were hungry, sick, and cold. Many people died.
Then the Native Americans, the Indians, helped the Pilgrims. They taught the Pilgrims to plant corn and build houses.
In the fall 1621, the Pilgrims and the Indians had the first Thanksgiving. The Pilgrims wanted to give thanks for their new land. They also wanted to thank the Indians for their help.
The first Thanksgiving was three days long. The Native Americans and the pilgrims celebrated the holiday together.
But in the years after the first Thanksgiving, there were many problems between the newcomers and the Indians. The newcomers took land from the Indians They killed Indians and destroyed the Native American way of life.
Today many Americans feel ashamed about this. Some states celebrate Native American days. On these days, Americans honor Native Americans and remember the peace and friendship of the first Thanksgiving.