Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November as a day to give thanks for the harvest.  Modern day Thanksgiving tradition is commonly traced back to the Pilgrims of Plymouth Rock who arrived to the Americas from England aboard a ship called the Mayflower in 1620. The “first Thanksgiving” refers to the feast held after the Pilgrims’ first corn harvest. To celebrate the successful harvest, Governor Bradford invited a group of local Native Americans as well as the Wampanoag Chief to a celebratory feast in November 1621. Every year on Thanksgiving Day, family and friends come together and express gratitude for all the blessings they have received throughout the year.  At JMU, we continue this tradition by hosting a Thanksgiving potluck dinner for students and staff to come together and celebrate the many blessings in life.  In addition, students and faculty (along with the majority of people living in the US) have Thanksgiving Day off to spend time with their friends and family. 

Thanksgiving Potluck dinner