10 Thanksgiving Facts You May Not Have Known

10 Thanksgiving Facts You May Not Have Known

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While you’re stuffing your face full of turkey this Thanksgiving, here’s 10 facts about the holiday that you may not even know!

  1. Thanksgiving was not an official National holiday in the U.S. until 1941
  2. In 2010, 42.2 million Americans traveled 50 miles or more for Thanksgiving
  3. An average of 46 million turkeys are eaten each Thanksgiving
  4. The first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade took place in New York City in 1924
  5. The Detroit Lions have played a football game on Thanksgiving day every year since 1934, except between 1939 and 1944.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Benjamin Franklin wanted to make the turkey the national bird of the U.S.
  9. 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
  10. The first Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims and Native Americans in 1621 lasted for 3 days
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