Thanksgiving is an important holiday for families across America. We love to gather for a feast of turkey and all of the fixings. Anyone who ever went to a kids school program knows Thanksgiving is about turkey and pilgrims, but there are likely questions about the first Thanksgiving feast that still linger in people's minds.
In 1521, Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de León sailed his ship up the southwest coast of what is now Florida. He was looking to start a settlement and find riches. However, it wasn't until the Pilgrims arrived aboard the Mayflower in 1620 that the true origins of Thanksgiving began to take shape.
The first Thanksgiving feast is believed to have taken place in 1621, when the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Native Americans came together to celebrate the successful harvest. It was a three-day celebration of unity, gratitude, and friendship.