Top 35 Thanksgiving Facts That You May Not Have Known

Nicholas Monroe, Writer

Everybody knows why and how we celebrate Thanksgiving so I think it’s about time people learn other things about one of the most celebrated holidays in America. So, here is some Thanksgiving trivia to talk about when you are arguing with your relatives.

 

  • The first Thanksgiving celebration lasted three days
  • The most expensive Thanksgiving dinner cost $150,000 in New York City’s Old Homestead Steakhouse
  • The first Thanksgiving NFL games was in 1920
  • Only 5 women attended the first Thanksgiving.
  • Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving an annual holiday
  • Thomas Jefferson refused to celebrate Thanksgiving
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt tried to make Thanksgiving the third Thursday of November but it was instead changed to the fourth Thursday
  • Calvin Coolidge once received a live racoon as a Thanksgiving present
  • 46 million turkeys are prepared for Thanksgiving each year on average
  • Thanksgiving is celebrated in Canada
  • Plumbers are the busiest trade job on Black Friday
  • Apple pie is preferred over pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving by Americans
  • Even though Americans prefer apple pie over pumpkin pie, they still eat over 50 million pumpkin pies each Thanksgiving
  • Detroit ends its Thanksgiving parade with Santa Claus receiving a key to the city
  • Adam Sandler released “The Thanksgiving Song” in 1992
  • 3.5 million people, on average, attend the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
  • The heaviest turkey in the world weighed eighty-six pounds
  • For comparison, the average turkey weighs 15 pounds
  • Stuffing is the favorite Thanksgiving side dish for Americans
  • Eighty percent of Americans prefer to eat the leftovers of Thanksgiving rather than eat it at dinner
  • The tv dinners we see so much nowadays were brought about by a mishap by the company known as Swanson. They purchased an abundance of turkeys so they turned those turkeys into the tv dinners we know so well
  • Many Americans actually start Black Friday shopping on Thanksgiving
  • Sonic the Hedgehog was the first video game character to be featured in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
  • The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is the largest inflatable parade in the world
  • Jingle Bells was originally written for Thanksgiving
  • No forks were used in the original Thanksgiving
  • 4500 calories are located in the average Thanksgiving dinner
  • The Mayflower could only go as fast as 2 mph
  • Butterball sells the most amount of turkeys per year
  • The Butterball Turkey Hotline receives and answers more than 100,000 calls each holiday season
  • A baby turkey is called a poult
  • A cranberry must bounce 4 inches before it is harvested
  • There are more than 45 different varieties of pumpkin
  • The first national Thanksgiving Day took place on November 26, 1789
  • The two turkeys George W, Bush received were named Stars and Stripes by the American public