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Presidential Turkey Pardon

November 24, 2016

Right before the Thanksgiving holiday every November the U.S. President takes part in a time-honored American tradition: the presidential turkey pardon. Since turkey forms the most essential part of the classic American Thanksgiving meal, the President takes time every year to pardon one lucky turkey (sometimes two) from being made into a delicious dinner. The ceremony, which dates back to John F. Kennedy’s presidency in 1963, is held in the White House Rose Garden every year. Gather around the Graham Georgetown Hotel’s lobby with the family to watch this quirky, very American event on television this year.


November 24, 2016


White House Rose Garden



November 24, 2016