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.
- 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 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.
- 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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