1 .The first Thanksgiving took place in the autumn of 1621, but it didn’t officially become a national holiday until 200 years later when President Lincoln declared it a holiday in 1863 answering the request to do so by Joseph Hale, who was also the author of “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”
2. Believe it or not, historians say that there was no turkey served at the first Thanksgiving. So what was on the menu? More than likely it included venison, geese, duck, oysters, fish and lobster.
3. There were no forks at the first Thanksgiving, but there were spoons and knives. The fork wasn’t introduced to the Pilgrims until 10 years later.
4 . TV dinners were born from Thanksgiving. In 1953, Swanson estimated wrong on the number of frozen turkeys it would sell that Thanksgiving by over 26 tons! As a result, someone had the brilliant idea to slice up the turkey meat and repackage it with sides and the TV dinner was born.
5. According to the nation’s largest plumbing company, Roto-Rooter, their busiest day of the year is the day after Thanksgiving.
6. American’s are not the only ones to celebrate Thanksgiving, our neighbors in Canada do as well. However, they celebrate it on the second Monday in October.
7. An American tradition since 1947 beginning with President Truman is the pardoning of the turkey, sparing it from being eaten for Thanksgiving dinner. Pardoned turkeys have been known to show up as Grand Marshals at Disneyland’s Thanksgiving Day parade.
8. Many Americans have made it a tradition to watch the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The parade started in 1924 with 400 Macy employees marched through the streets of New York. The first parade, however, did not have any of the large balloons the parade has now become known for, but it did include live animals from the Central Park Zoo.
9. How did the football tradition enter Thanksgiving? In 1920 the NFL started airing The Thanksgiving Classic games.Wild turkeys have the ability to run up to 20 miles per hour when they are frightened, but the domesticated turkey is a great deal heavier and can’t quite reach the same speeds.
10. The average turkey on Thanksgiving Day weighs 15 pounds.
11. 46 million turkeys are eaten each Thanksgiving across America.