This year Thanksgiving is on Thursday, November 22.

Americans eat 46 million turkeys EACH thanksgiving; that’s a lot!  Over 50 million pumpkin pies will be eaten, and on average, a person will eat 3,000 calories for this one meal.

The first Thanksgiving celebration on record took place in the autumn of 1621. In 1863, President lincoln announced that the nation would celebrate an official Thanksgiving holiday on November 26, 1863. After 1890, representations of the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag began to reflect a shift of interest to the 1621 harvest celebration. By the beginning of the 20th century, the Pilgrims and the Thanksgiving holiday were used to teach children about American freedom and how to be good citizens.  President Roosevelt signed a bill officially establishing the fourth Thursday of November as a Thanksgiving Day.

Every year, the President of the United States pardons a turkey and spares it from ever being eaten, a tradition begun in 1947 by President Truman.

No matter how you celebrate, be thankful for family and friends.  The reporters for the Nimitz Carrier wish you a happy Thanksgiving.

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