On November 26, the fourth Thursday of the month, America celebrated Thanksgiving Day. On this day in 1621 the first English settlers thanked God for rich harvest. Since then, after hundreds of years this holiday transformed from religious to nationwide. Before 1941 it was marked either on November 26, or on the last Thursday of the month, or the one before last, and then Franklin Roosevelt established the Thanksgiving Day to be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November.

This year the traditional Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, which has been organized by Macy's for the past 90 years, was patrolled by a record number of policemen. NYPD and New York City task force were on high alert due to the terrorist attacks in Paris and terrorist threats to New York.

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