Whether you celebrate with a big turkey dinner or just enjoy a long weekend with the family, Thanksgiving is a holiday that everyone looks forward to.
Although both Canada and the United States celebrate Thanksgiving, we celebrate it on different days. Canadian Thanksgiving is the second Monday of October, while the American’s celebrate on the fourth Thursday of November. That’s not the only difference.
Thanksgiving in AmericaThanksgiving in CanadaWeekendFour day weekend (Thursday – Sunday)Three day weekend (Saturday – Monday)National HolidayYes — Thanksgiving is observed in all 50 states in the U.S.No — optional in Atlantic Canada (NL, NS, NB, PEI)FootballAs essential as turkey and mashed potatoes with a triple header for football fans.Thanksgiving day classic with a double header of CFL games.Pumpkin PieTypically sweet with a custard fillingSpicy, with ginger, nutmeg, cloves and cinnamonShoppingBlack Friday, Cyber MondayNot reallyParadesMacy’s Thanksgiving Day ParadeParades happen on a smaller level, like the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest paradeTurkey’s Sold242 Million2.2 Million
Now you’re ready to turn on that football game and wow your family and friends with factoids about a few of the differences between Canadian and American Thanksgiving. Happy Turkey Day!