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Thanksgiving in the 1970s – 30 Best Photos of Thanksgiving in the ’70s

Thanksgiving is the best holiday. It’s all about eating and drinking and spending time with people you value. (This assumes, of course, that your table isn’t a minefield of political conversation; if that’s the case, Thanksgiving is the worst holiday.) Thanksgiving in the 1970s, however, looked even more carefree and festive than it does today. Boozier, too. Take a look through these 30 images of celebrities and regular folks alike celebrating the holiday in the ’70s.

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Jim and Ann Buckley make a toast at a Buckley family Thanksgiving celebration in Connecticut in 1970. William F. Buckley, seated on the right side of the table, was a prominent conservative and founder of the National Review.

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Amy Irving and Carrie Fisher during the Thanksgiving Party at Sibils in New York in 1977.

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Amy Irving, Carrie Fisher, and Teri Garr at Sibils in 1977.

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President Gerald R. Ford is presented with a Thanksgiving turkey in 1975.

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John Lennon, Harry Nilsson, Alice Cooper, and Micky Dolenz (of The Monkees), known collectively as the Hollywood Vampires, celebrate Thanksgiving at the Troubadour in L.A. in 1973.

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John Lennon and Alice Cooper at the Troubadour in 1973.

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Children watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in 1972.

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Italian actress Anna Maria Giulietta, musician Trini Lopez, and actress Lucie Arnaz during the Thanksgiving party at Sibils in 1977.

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Joe Garagiola co-hosts the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade telecast in 1970.

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Lorne Greene, a Canadian actor and singer, and Betty White at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in 1970.

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Diana Ross stands atop the Daily News‘ Big Apple float during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in 1979.

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Al Roker interviews Diana Ross during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in 1979.

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Joe Namath, quarterback for the New York Jets, with girlfriend Randy Oakes at the Jets’ annual Thanksgiving Day feast for team members and their families in 1973.

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A boy and girl say grace on Thanksgiving in 1970.

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People celebrate Thanksgiving at a restaurant in Denver in 1977.

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The 63-foot Underdog balloon follows a turkey float down Broadway in Manhattan during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in 1979.

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The Snoopy balloon during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in 1970.

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Actress Lucie Arnaz, journalist Bill Boggs, and a guest during the Thanksgiving party at Sibils in New York in 1977.

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Sarah Jessica Parker and actor and singer Ray Bolger celebrating Thanksgiving at Sibils in New York in 1979.

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President Richard Nixon with a Thanksgiving turkey in 1970.

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Onlookers at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in 1974.

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Radio City’s Rockettes during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in 1976.

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A Thanksgiving parade in Colorado in 1974.

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Chester, the mascot of the 36th Tactical Fighter Squadron F-4 Loading Section, is pictured in the day’s leading up to Thanksgiving in 1976. (Chester was spared.)

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Chefs at the Regency hotel in Denver prepare a Thanksgiving meal in 1971.

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Detroit Lions quarterback Greg Landry during a Thanksgiving Day game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field in 1971.

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A group of students perform a Thanksgiving pageant in 1978.

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People watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade through (and atop) phone booths in 1975.

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Julia Child and James Beard look over a table full of autumnal foods in 1975.

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A little girl watches the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade roll past her window in 1975.

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