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250 Thanksgiving Pictures and Images

Thanksgiving Picture

Thanksgiving Picture

On this page you will find 250 free Thanksgiving pictures to use to celebrate the holiday and to send to friends and family. These images are for personal use*: in the classroom, to make crafts and holiday greeting cards, or to send in an email with your holiday wishes.

In 2016, American Thanksgiving is Thursday, November 24; the Canadian holiday is celebrated on Monday, October 10.

The Thanksgiving pictures on this page are organized into twelve groups. You can quickly find the pictures you want from this Table of Contents, or just scroll down to see everything in this collection.

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Thanksgiving Images

"Happy Thanksgiving" Pictures

First Thanksgiving

Turkey Pictures

Funny Thanksgiving Pictures

Prayers of Thankfulness

Thanksgiving Clip Art

Thanksgiving Coloring Pages

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Thanksgiving Day Image

Thanksgiving Day Image

Thanksgiving Images

These Thanksgiving images represent the holiday celebration in family homes across America. The festive holiday meal is a family tradition, and the centerpiece is a plump, roasted turkey presented on a fine platter.

These images include the traditional menu favorites such as colorful autumn harvest vegetables, fruit, and pumpkin pie. With autumn's chill in the air, the images also represent the warmth of hearth and home.

At the heart of the images is the family gathering and a time of giving thanks with prayer.

Grandfather Carving Thanksgiving Turkey at Dinner Table

Grandfather Carving Thanksgiving Turkey at Dinner Table

Traditional Thanksgiving Picture

Traditional Thanksgiving Picture

Thanksgiving Image with Turkey, Fruit and Pumpkin

Thanksgiving Image with Turkey, Fruit and Pumpkin

The Thanksgiving picture "Freedom From Want," 1943

The Thanksgiving picture "Freedom From Want," 1943

Thanksgiving Table Photo

Thanksgiving Table Photo

Thanksgiving Day Feast

Thanksgiving Day Feast

Vintage Image of Pilgrim Boy with Holiday Turkey

Vintage Image of Pilgrim Boy with Holiday Turkey

Cornucopia Picture

Cornucopia Picture

Cornucopias

Traditional Thanksgiving pictures often feature cornucopias filled with the fall harvest bounty. The cornucopia, also called a horn of plenty, is an ancient symbol of prosperity. Overflowing with fruit, vegetables, Indian corn, gourds, flowers, nuts and berries, it represents abundance.

Americans use this image in Thanksgiving pictures to represent the overflowing blessings to be grateful for during the harvest season.

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Traditional Thanksgiving Cornucopia

Traditional Thanksgiving Cornucopia

Give Thanks for Overflowing Cornucopia

Give Thanks for Overflowing Cornucopia

Country Cornucopia

Country Cornucopia

Rustic Cornucopia Picture

Rustic Cornucopia Picture

Thanksgiving Cornucopia  with Pumpkin Pie

Thanksgiving Cornucopia with Pumpkin Pie

Thanksgiving Dinner Table

Thanksgiving Dinner Table

Autumn Harvest Turkey Platter

Autumn Harvest Turkey Platter

Modern Family Praying at Thanksgiving Dinner Table

Modern Family Praying at Thanksgiving Dinner Table

Thanksgiving Dinner in 1870 Picture

Thanksgiving Dinner in 1870 Picture

Preparing Thanksgiving Dinner in 1935, Painting During the Great Depression

Preparing Thanksgiving Dinner in 1935, Painting During the Great Depression

Heirloom Turkey Platter

Heirloom Turkey Platter

Hearth and Thanksgiving Dinner Table

Hearth and Thanksgiving Dinner Table

Traditional Roasted Turkey

Traditional Roasted Turkey

Thanksgiving Roasted Turkey Pictures

One common theme for Thanksgiving images is the roasted turkey served on a platter. Eating turkey for the holiday meal is a tradition carried over from the very first Thanksgiving meal, when the Pilgrims and Indians shot wild turkeys for the banquet.

Because it takes many hours to roast a turkey, it is presented with the hostess's pride of accomplishment.

At the holiday dinner table, the turkey is the main attraction.

Early American Hostess with Turkey on Platter

Early American Hostess with Turkey on Platter

Hostess Serving Turkey on a Platter

Hostess Serving Turkey on a Platter

Roasted Turkey on Platter

Roasted Turkey on Platter

Roasted Turkey with Stuffing

Roasted Turkey with Stuffing

Large Roasted Turkey on a Platter

Large Roasted Turkey on a Platter

Roasted Turkey with Celery Stuffing on Platter with Cranberries

Roasted Turkey with Celery Stuffing on Platter with Cranberries

Roasted Turkey Ready to Carve

Roasted Turkey Ready to Carve

Elegant Heirloom Thanksgiving Turkey Platter

Elegant Heirloom Thanksgiving Turkey Platter

Turkey Roasted with Dressing on Platter with Fruit

Turkey Roasted with Dressing on Platter with Fruit

Thanksgiving Dinner 1942 During World War II

Thanksgiving Dinner 1942 During World War II

Carving Turkey at  the Table with Sunshine and Autumn Leaves from Windows

Carving Turkey at the Table with Sunshine and Autumn Leaves from Windows

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie Picture

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie Picture

Thanksgiving Pictures of Pumpkin Pies

The dessert menu for the traditional holiday feast includes pumpkin pie. Pumpkins are harvested in the fall and these large colorful vegetables provide cooks with ample ingredients for many family recipes. But the pumpkin pie is the all-time favorite and this is why it is featured in so many Thanksgiving pictures and images.

Pumpkins were served at the first Thanksgiving meal, but the Pilgrims didn't have wheat flour or sugar so there were no pies. Instead, they made pumpkin puddings sweetened with molasses and honey.

Pumpkin Pie with Pie Crust of Autumn Leaves Design

Pumpkin Pie with Pie Crust of Autumn Leaves Design

Pumpkin Pie Picture

Pumpkin Pie Picture

Slice of Pumpkin Pie with Whipped Cream

Slice of Pumpkin Pie with Whipped Cream

Pumpkin Pie Topped with Whipped Cream

Pumpkin Pie Topped with Whipped Cream

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Child with Holiday Pumpkin Pie

Child with Holiday Pumpkin Pie

"Happy Thanksgiving" Pictures

These vintage and modern Thanksgiving pictures are filled with good wishes for happiness and blessings.

These are perfect for sending in an email to friends and family. Just right-click to copy and paste into your holiday greeting.

Happy Thanksgiving Picture

Happy Thanksgiving Picture

Happy Holiday Place Setting

Happy Holiday Place Setting

Vintage Holiday Greeting Card

Vintage Holiday Greeting Card

Happy Thanksgiving Day

Happy Thanksgiving Day

Happy Thanksgiving Wish with Turkey Wishbone

Happy Thanksgiving Wish with Turkey Wishbone

A Cheerful Thanksgiving Greeting

A Cheerful Thanksgiving Greeting

Happy Thanksgiving Image

Happy Thanksgiving Image

Happy Thanksgiving Banner

Happy Thanksgiving Banner

Happy Thanksgiving with Pumpkins and Fruit

Happy Thanksgiving with Pumpkins and Fruit

Happy Thanksgiving Blessing

Happy Thanksgiving Blessing

Thanksgiving Greeting for Abundant Blessings

Thanksgiving Greeting for Abundant Blessings

Happy Thanksgiving Day Sign

Happy Thanksgiving Day Sign

Happy Thanksgiving Poem

Happy Thanksgiving Poem

A Happy Thanksgiving Wish

A Happy Thanksgiving Wish

Happy Thanksgiving Picture with Turkey

Happy Thanksgiving Picture with Turkey

Wishing You a Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing You a Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Greetings

Thanksgiving Greetings

Thanksgiving Day Wish

Thanksgiving Day Wish

Thanksgiving Day Greetings

Thanksgiving Day Greetings

Happy Thanksgiving with Wild Turkeys

Happy Thanksgiving with Wild Turkeys

Vintage Happy Thanksgiving Poem

Vintage Happy Thanksgiving Poem

Happy Thanksgiving Girl with Turkey

Happy Thanksgiving Girl with Turkey

Thanksgiving Wishes with Pilgrim Children and Turkey  Wishbone

Thanksgiving Wishes with Pilgrim Children and Turkey Wishbone

Thanksgiving Cheer and Prosperity

Thanksgiving Cheer and Prosperity

Thanksgiving Greetings Poem

Thanksgiving Greetings Poem

Thanksgiving Greetings with Classic Thanksgiving Image of Turkey

Thanksgiving Greetings with Classic Thanksgiving Image of Turkey

Indian Princess Thanksgiving Wishes

Indian Princess Thanksgiving Wishes

Pilgrim Family Carving Turkey with Indians Peering Through Window

Pilgrim Family Carving Turkey with Indians Peering Through Window

Wishing You a Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing You a Happy Thanksgiving

Best Thanksgiving Wishes

Best Thanksgiving Wishes

Thanksgiving Greetings Poem

Thanksgiving Greetings Poem

Happy Thanksgiving Blessing from Vintage Postcard

Happy Thanksgiving Blessing from Vintage Postcard

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Berkeley Hundred, Virginia

Berkeley Hundred, Virginia

First Thanksgiving

The first American Thanksgiving was held on December 4, 1619, in Berkeley Hundred (Berkeley Plantation), Virginia. Thirty-eight English pilgrims arrived in America after a ten-week voyage under the leadership of Captain John Woodleaf.

The little English colony proclaimed in its charter that the day of the arrival on American soil would be remembered and celebrated every year as "a day of thanksgiving to God." The charter declared:

"We ordaine that the day of our ships arrival at the place assigned for plantacon in the land of Virginia shall be yearly and perpetually kept holy as a day of thanksgiving to Almighty God."

In the first Thanksgiving picture below, Captain John Woodleaf is conducting the prayers at the first Thanksgiving service. This very first Thanksgiving was not a festive meal; that came later with the arrival of another passenger ship of American settlers.

Captain John Woodleaf  leads the First Thanksgiving Prayer Service in 1619

Captain John Woodleaf leads the First Thanksgiving Prayer Service in 1619

Plimoth Plantation