Fun facts about Thanksgiving

Did you know…

  • The first Thanksgiving Day was celebrated at Plymouth, Massachusetts.
  • The first Thanksgiving celebration lasted three days.
  • Mashed potatoes, pumpkin pies, popcorn, milk, corn on the cob, and cranberries were NOT food present on the first Thanksgiving feast table.
  • Congress passed a law on December 26, 1941, ensuring all American would celebrate a unified Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November every year.
  • In the U.S., about 280 million of turkeys are sold for the celebration.
  • Californian is the largest consumer of turkey in the U.S.
  • The average weight of a turkey purchased at Thanksgiving is 15lbs
  • The heaviest turkey ever raised was 86lbs
  • Black Friday is the beginning of the traditional Christmas shopping season
  • Can’t blame the turkey for making you sleep. Even though turkey contains tryptophan, which can act as a sedative, but only when its consumed in large quantities.


  • Thanksgiving is the holiday with the drunkest driving fatalities, even more than New Year’s Eve.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Source:  WHSV, lifetips