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Do Americans only have Thanksgiving dinner on the Thursday?

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I have a restaurant in a Canadian city with a fairly large American population, and I was thinking of offering traditional Turkey dinner for American thanksgiving. I did a little research and it looks like Americans only have turkey dinner on the Thursday, unlike Canadians who have it either the Sunday or the Monday.

Is this generally true?

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  1. Generallly BUT (1) odd work schedules can mean some families have to gather on one of the other weekend days and transfer the feast, and (2) large families can mean extended clans extend the feast over the weekend days. That's not common, but it does happen.

    1. Right. The idea is that it's Thursday. I sometimes have a big dinner on a different day because of visitation issues with my daughter or the like, but the only real Thanksgiving is the fourth Thursday in November.

      1. That's true, although I've been in situations where we celebrated the Saturday or Sunday before when I'm abroad because no one had Thursday off to celebrate/prepare that day.

        1. The holiday is on the Thursday, but sometimes it's a three day celebration....it's common for people to usually eat leftover turkey on that Friday but by Saturday, they are not looking to go out to eat turkey!

          1. Like any holiday, you can celebrate on whatever day works for your family, but the "real" day is Thursday. Note that many (most?) Americans eat an early dinner/late lunch for T-giving, but if they don't have the day off in Canada, I guess dinner would make more sense.