A Spiritual Haven Rooted in Gratitude
Brought to life by four businessmen in 1964, Thanks-Giving Square serves as the soul and spiritual hub of the community. For more than 40 years, the architecturally significant, spiritually important Square has joined together myriad religions, cultures and traditions by providing a public space dedicated to gratitude.
The sunken design of Thanks-Giving Garden creates place of refuge from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Flowing waters from the Great Fountain dampen the noises of the surrounding city and create a serene atmosphere perfect for reflecting and contemplation. To the west, the bell tower punctuates the space, complemented by the nearby mosaic of Norman Rockwell’s famous “Golden Rule” painting. To the east stands The Thanks-Giving Chapel, a winding white structure symbolizing the ancient spiral of life and the infinite upward reach of the human spirit. The upper level of the Chapel features the Glory Window, a stunning stained glass masterpiece, and one of the most memorable facets of the Chapel. The Hall of Thanksgiving serves as an event and meeting space, and provides a forum for lectures, interfaith meetings and educational programs.
Thanks-Giving Square is more than just a park. It’s a place where we can all stand together on common ground, reflect on gratitude and appreciate the diversity of our community. We invite you to visit and experience the power of gratitude for yourself.
This place is not really a park. It is a piece of the soul of our city. The idea was that we needed a gathering place. A place for unity of people of all backgrounds, of all religions, of all races. A place to say thank-you. A place of thankfulness.
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings
Plan Your Visit
Thanks-Giving Square is designed to inspire gratitude and to honor the great American and world traditions of thanksgiving. Explore the historical exhibits and artwork on display; pause for reflection in our spiritual spaces.
Self Guided Tour
Explore Thanks-Giving Square with our self-guided tour. This guide tells the story of Thanks-Giving Square’s history, art, architecture, and symbolism. Follow our suggested route to find information at each of nine waypoints.
In 1964, four businessmen — Joe O. Neuhoff, Julius Schepps, John M. Stemmons, and Peter P. Stewart — wanted the City of Dallas to be known not only for its worldly aspirations and economic accomplishments, but also for the enduring heart of its citizens.