History Stories
CATEGORY: Thanksgiving
Quirky Vintage Photos of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
November 22, 2017

Snapshots of the iconic parade over the last eight decades. Read More

Thomas Jefferson’s Complicated Relationship with Thanksgiving
November 21, 2017

The third president declined to participate in the tradition. Read More

The Curious History of Leftovers
November 21, 2017

People were once ridiculed for eating leftovers. Read More

The Thanksgiving Raccoon That Became a Presidential Pet
November 18, 2016

In November 1926 President Calvin Coolidge pardoned a live animal intended for his Thanksgiving dinner and adopted it as a pet. This was no turkey, however, but a raccoon. Read More

What’s the Real History of Black Friday?
November 23, 2015

The retail bonanza known as Black Friday is now an integral part of many Thanksgiving celebrations, but this holiday tradition has darker roots than you might imagine. Read More

Did Florida Host the First Thanksgiving?
November 23, 2015

More than 50 years before the Pilgrims landed in Plymouth, Spanish colonists in Florida feasted with Native Americans in what some call the first Thanksgiving. Read More

The First Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
November 26, 2014

Look back at the humble origins of an American holiday tradition—the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Read More

A Brief History of the Presidential Turkey Pardon
November 25, 2014

The annual Thanksgiving ritual of granting presidential pardons to White House turkeys is not as hallowed as you may think. Read More

Abraham Lincoln and the “Mother of Thanksgiving”
October 3, 2013

On the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation, get the full story behind one of America’s favorite holidays. Read More