Thanksgiving Day has long been celebrated as a family tradition. In fact, its roots date back to the early 1600s. To commemorate this special day, celebrated this year on Thursday 24th November, let's take a trip back to days gone by with 400 years of Thanksgiving photos.
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This picture depicts settlers and Wampanoag Indians sharing a harvest feast in 1621, a meal that is said to herald our modern day Thanksgiving feast.
Illustrated here, Union troops of 5th and 9th Corps receive Thanksgiving rations during the US Civil ar.
Children in fancy dress, take part in a Thanksgiving pageant.
New York City, hosted men in service and cared for every man in uniform on Thanksgiving.
A Thanksgiving Day Parade, held in the late 1920s. The Fish Balloon was 35 feet long, and the Tiger Balloon behind it was 60 feet long.
These U.S. troops in London threw a party for two hundred British children at the U.S. headquarters.
A mother, father and young girl sit down to enjoy their Thanksgiving dinner.
A grandfather holds his grandchildren while their grandmother removes a roast turkey from the oven.
Turkey has been a long standing tradition in Thanksgiving. As this woman takes a roasted turkey out of the oven, her family eagerly watches.
This photo depicts a kindergarten Thanksgiving Day reenactment.
Here, Mary Gross and Jim Belushi in a Thanksgiving Day skit on Saturday Night Live.
President Bill Clinton stands with the annual Thanksgiving turkey as he pardons the bird.
In the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, an Uncle Sam balloon makes its way down Broadway.
Vice President Joseph Biden hosts wounded warriors for an early Thanksgiving Dinner at his residence.
During the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Radio City Rockettes perform.