How Long Is Thanksgiving Break (And Why)?

Exact Answer: 3 Days

Thanksgiving break is a national holiday that is observed in many different countries of the world such as the United States, Brazil, Liberia, Canada, and many more as well. Thanksgiving break is majorly celebrated in the United States and Canada. The history of celebrating thanksgiving break is believed that it is celebrated as a symbolism of sacrifice. In every country, the date to celebrate the thanksgiving break differs however depending upon their historical beliefs.

How Long Is Thanksgiving Break

How Long Is Thanksgiving Break?

Thanksgiving Day is observed in many different countries all around the world. Although the main reason behind celebrating and having a thanksgiving break is the same, with change in the country, the time also changes for when Thanksgiving break is celebrated and for how long it is celebrated. Thanksgiving break is given to students and employees.

Thanksgiving break is a three days long break that is considered a public holiday or government holiday. During the Thanksgiving break period, all the schools, institutions, universities, companies, and other such organizations are closed. People have their days off during this period and most of the people consider going on tours and trips, enjoying their holidays, visiting family or friends and doing other such activities.

The date of celebrating the thanksgiving break is the same for the countries, that are, the United States and Brazil. In both these countries, it is celebrated on the 4th Thursday of November and lasts for 3 days.

Moreover, Thanksgiving break is celebrated on the last Wednesday in November in Norfolk Island. The Thanksgiving break lasts for about 3 days.

Talking about Canada, Thanksgiving break is celebrated on the 2nd Monday of October and lasts for 3 days.

Lastly, Thanksgiving break starts on the 1st Thursday in November and lasts for 3 days in Liberia.

Places Where Thanksgiving Break Is CelebratedTime Of Celebrating Thanksgiving Break
The United States and Brazil4th Thursday on November every year (3 days)
Norfolk IslandLast Wednesday of November every year (3 days)
Canada2nd Monday of October every year (3 days)
Liberia1st Thursday of November every year (3 days)

Why Is Thanksgiving Break That Long? 

With every new year, the calendar also changes. As a result, the correspondence between a specific date and the day of the week also changes. This results in a new period of celebrating Thanksgiving break in every country. Although the history and roots of having thanksgiving were in the early centuries, however, it was never considered as working off day or as a holiday until the federal government was dominated by the northerners. It was Lincoln who announced thanksgiving day to be celebrated as a national holiday every year on November 26. he declared this on October 3, 1863.

However, due to many political reasons and conflicts over the date to celebrate thanksgiving day, it was changed from November 3rd to the last Thursday in November in the united states. With the advancement in time and due to more workload, the families and friends began to live in faraway places and barely met each other.

As a result, the complete idea behind celebrating thanksgiving day becomes for family and friends to meet in gatherings and spend time together eating delicious feasts and enjoying. apart from this, the thanksgiving break also becomes a symbol of peace between the Native Americans and the pilgrims.

After Thanksgiving day, a good Friday comes on the next consecutive day which is also observed as a national holiday in the united states. thus, all these days make a weekend break which is also known as thanksgiving break.


The major significance of thanksgiving Day is in the United States, Canada, and other such countries where they give thanks for what they have. During the Thanksgiving break, families and friends spend time together along with a meal. The Thanksgiving meal majorly and traditionally includes ingredients such as:

  • Roast turkey
  • Stuffing, potatoes
  • Vegetables
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Gravy
  • Pumpkin pie

There are parades during the Thanksgiving period in many cities and regions of countries where Thanksgiving is celebrated. Moreover, in most of the areas, the Thanksgiving break also marks the opening of the season of Christmas.



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