Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a national holiday celebrated on various dates in the United States, Canada, Grenada, Saint Lucia, and Liberia. It began as a day of giving thanks and sacrifice for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. Similarly named festival holidays occur in Germany and Japan. Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States and around the same part of the year in other places. Although Thanksgiving has historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, it has long been celebrated as a secular holiday as well.

Thanksgiving Day
A North American Thanksgiving dinner
Observed byCountries

Sub-national entities

TypeNational, cultural
Date
  • 2nd Monday in October (Canada)
  • 1st Thursday in November (Liberia)
  • Last Wednesday in November (Norfolk Island)
  • 4th Thursday in November (U.S. and Brazil)
2021 dateOctober 11, 2021 (Canada);

November 4, 2021 (Liberia);
November 24, 2021 (Norfolk Island);

November 25, 2021 (U.S. and Brazil)
2022 dateOctober 10, 2022 (Canada);

November 3, 2022 (Liberia);
November 30, 2022 (Norfolk Island);

November 24, 2022 (U.S. and Brazil)