When Was the First Thanksgiving?


Quick Answer

The first Thanksgiving meal occurred during November 1621 at Plymouth between the Wampanoag Indians and the Plymouth settlers. The meal was held to celebrate the autumn harvest and was thought to have featured dishes including various types of fowl, venison, vegetables and fruits.

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As of 2014, no records have been found to indicate that turkey was consumed during the first Thanksgiving. There are records of a fowling party sent to catch various birds, but it is unknown what types were caught. A record made by the chronicler Edward Winslow, however, indicates that the Native Americans brought with them five deer for the feast.

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