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On Thursday, the nation will engage in the unique activities that have become a part of one of America’s oldest traditions. In the United States, Thanksgiving is the most traveled holiday of the year. The nationwide travel company AAA forecasts that 42.5 million people will travel during the extended holiday weekend. Some travel to visit family or friends while others are drawn to some particularly distinctive Thanksgiving destinations.
Since it was declared a national holiday by Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War, “Turkey Day” has firmly established its place as a highlight on the nation’s calendar. Thanksgiving has evolved from humble beginnings as a celebration of good fortune shared between European settlers and Native Americans on the shores of the New World into a traditional American fixture. With so many divisive issues currently rampaging throughout the country, the nation will have a brief chance to forget about the economy and the election, share a meal, and give thanks.