American holidays – fun facts – thanksgiving – American culture for children

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Two famous American holidays are the Fourth of July and Thanksgiving.  The Fourth of July, also known as Independence Day, is a yearly celebration of the day the United States declared independence from Great Britain in 1776.  Across the country, it is celebrated with parades, fireworks, carnivals, picnics, and decorations in red, white and blue, the colors of the American flag.

Thanksgiving is a holiday which always falls on the fourth Thursday of November and celebrates a day in American history when the settling Pilgrims and the Native Americans came together in peace.  It is a day of giving thanks for everything you have, and families enjoy a traditional feast of roast turkey and side dishes like vegetables, mashed potatoes,  sweet potatoes, and cranberry sauce.  Pumpkin pie is a traditional Thanksgiving dessert.

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