Thanksgiving is one of the few national holidays which is distinctly American -- although, there is a "Turkey Day" in Canada, too. The date of the first Thanksgiving is put at 1621 in Plymouth, Massachusetts, but the history of the holiday is not terribly clear.
24/7 Wall St. set out to look at the most prosperous Thanksgivings in American history. We found that it was hard to compare what prosperity meant at the turn of the last century, when the U.S. was largely an agricultural society, and how the word is used in today's industrialized world. Further, reliable government statistics before 1929 are difficult to find. So, we chose to look at the "modern" era after the Great Depression.