While you’re stuffing your face full of turkey this Thanksgiving, here’s 10 facts about the holiday that you may not even know!
- Thanksgiving was not an official National holiday in the U.S. until 1941
- In 2010, 42.2 million Americans traveled 50 miles or more for Thanksgiving
- An average of 46 million turkeys are eaten each Thanksgiving
- The first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade took place in New York City in 1924
- The Detroit Lions have played a football game on Thanksgiving day every year since 1934, except between 1939 and 1944.
- President Franklin D. Roosevelt changed Thanksgiving day from the last Thursday in November to the 2nd Thursday in November to try to boost the economy by creating 2 extra weeks of Christmas shopping. The change only lasted 3 years (1939, 1940 and 1941) before congress changed the date back.
- Since 1947, it’s been a tradition for every President of the United States to “pardon” a turkey on Thanksgiving. The turkey gets to live the rest of it’s life on a farm.
- Benjamin Franklin wanted to make the turkey the national bird of the U.S.
- Turkeys that lived near an Air Force test site died of heart attacks from the shock of a jet that flew over at super sonic speeds
- The first Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims and Native Americans in 1621 lasted for 3 days