The first official Thanksgiving feast took place in Plymouth Colony. Founded by a group of separatists who later became known as the Pilgrims, Plymouth Colony was, along with Jamestown, Virginia, one of the first colonies to be founded by the English in North America. The first settlement was at New Plymouth, a location previously surveyed and named by Captain John Smith. This settlement, which served as the capital of the colony, is today the modern town of Plymouth, Massachusetts.
Traditionally, the day after Thanksgiving begins the Christmas shopping season and is sometimes known as "Black Friday". One of the busiest shopping days of the year, "Black Friday" was so termed to mark it as the day retail businesses would make their profits for the year and be operating in the "black" and not the "red".
Every year, the U.S. President is presented with at least one live turkey & 2 dressed turkeys by the National Turkey Federation. The live turkey is traditionally pardoned & lives out the rest of his days on a peaceful farm.
Stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie are all dishes native to the Americas or introduced as a new food source to the Europeans when they arrived in the New World.