As Thanksgiving day approaches, interesting Thanksgiving facts and trivia provide fodder for conversation for this all important November holiday. Family and friends gather in homes across America. Ubiquitous golden roasted turkeys, savory dressing, green bean casserole, and cranberry concoctions grace dining room tables.
Thanksgiving Facts about Cities Named Turkey
Several cities in the United States have real reason to celebrate Thanksgiving as they share the name with the illustrious bird on the table. North Carolina, Louisiana, and Texas all have cities with ‘Turkey’ in the name.
Thanksgiving Trivia about the Turkey Himself
The Bald Eagle almost had to move over as the national bird of the United States! Benjamin Franklin proposed the turkey as the national bird. Others promoted the Bald Eagle for the distinction. Franklin pointed out the bad moral character of the Bald Eagle in that he swoops down and steals his food. The Bald Eagle won the honor.
Turkeys in the wild have outstanding vision. Some scientists say that turkeys experience heart attacks. They sleep in trees at night. Turkeys are able runners and can race as fast as 50-55 miles per hour. There are over 117 million households in the United States. Turkey is the meat of choice on Thanksgiving Day in over 90% of those homes. The turkey industry raises over 240 million turkeys throughout the year.
Thanksgiving Facts About Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
New York City first hosted the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in 1924. Creative store employees started the parade. Animals from the local zoo served as the first parade participants.
Thanksgiving Trivia About Food Consumed on Thanksgiving Day
The average American consumes about 4500 calories and 229 grams of fat during a typical Thanksgiving Day feast. That excess fat creates havoc with some, and there is a spike in heart attacks on that day. Certainly that brings food for thought!
Thanksgiving Facts about Thanksgiving as a National Holiday
The thought of having a National Thanksgiving Day started with George Washington. He proposed the holiday in 1789 and again in 1795. Congress established the day as a national holiday in 1941, declaring the fourth Thursday in November as the date of choice.
Thanksgiving Trivia about Early Thanksgiving Celebration
The Thanksgiving most noted in America took place in the Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts in 1621. The Wampanoag Indians taught the Pilgrims how to survive their first harsh winter. They attended the feast after being invited by Governor William Bradford. The food served consisted of wild meats and fish and not turkey as is custom today.
Enjoy the Thanksgiving facts and trivia, but most importantly, enjoy family and friends on this uniquely American holiday.