Thanksgiving Fun Facts

  • It was not until 1941 that Congress declared Thanksgiving as a National Holiday. It was declared to be the fourth Thursday in November
  • Fossil evidence shows that turkeys roamed the Americas 10 million years ago
  • 91% of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving Day
  • Benjamin Franklin wanted the national bird to be a turkey
  • The first Thanksgiving was not a feast, but rather a time when Native Americans helped pilgrims by bringing food and helping them build off the land
  • 20% of cranberries eaten are eaten on Thanksgiving
  • In October of 1777 all 13 colonies celebrated Thanksgiving for the first time; however, it was a one-time affair commemorating a victory over the British at Saratoga
  • Turkeys were one of the first animals the Americas to be domesticated
  • The Plymouth Pilgrims dines with the Wampanoag Indians for the first ThanksgivingThanksgiving-Day