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20 Crazy Fun Thanksgiving Facts

Sure you know everything about the history and traditions of the lavish holiday? We bet there are surprising Thanksgiving-related facts you've never heard about!
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20 Crazy Fun Thanksgiving Facts

And here they are:

  • There is no proof turkey was eaten during the first Thanksgiving celebration in 1621.
  • The first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade featured animals from the Central Park Zoo instead of colossal balloons.
  • From 1939 up to 1941, Thanksgiving was celebrated on the third Thursday in November, not on the fourth.
  • Every Thanksgiving Day, almost 46 million turkeys are cooked and served.
  • Only male turkeys can gobble.


Only male turkeys can gobble.

  • There are four places in the USA called Turkey.
  • No forks were used during the first Thanksgiving party.
  • Wild turkeys can run at a speed of 20 miles per hour when they are scared. Domesticated turkeys are, however, heavier and can't run quite so fast.
  • Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to become the national bird of the USA.
  • The heaviest turkey on record weighed 86 pounds.


The heaviest turkey on record weighed 86 pounds.

  • The average Thanksgiving turkey weighs about 15 pounds.
  • The author of "Mary Had a Little Lamb" Sarah Josepha Hale made a big contribution to declaring Thanksgiving a national holiday.
  • Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving on the second Monday of October.
  • Thomas Jefferson canceled Thanksgiving during his presidency.
  • "Jingle Bells" was originally a Thanksgiving song.


As the first pilgrims didn't have ovens, no pies were consumed during the first Thanksgiving dinner.

  • As the first pilgrims didn't have ovens, no pies were consumed during the first Thanksgiving dinner.
  • What state produces the most turkeys in the US? Minnesota, of course!
  • 88% of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving Day.
  • 96% of all Americans gather each Thanksgiving for a feast.


We hope you had fun reading these amazing Thanksgiving facts, and we hope even more vigorously that you'll have an amazing Thanksgiving this year! 

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