11 Things You Didn’t Know About Thanksgiving (Thanksgiving Facts)

11 Things You Didn’t Know About Thanksgiving (Thanksgiving Facts)

It’s that time of year again; a time to give thanks; a time for football; a time for parades; a time when families gather round a table to share in a feast usually consisting of one of the most boring foods of all time (turkey) and a bunch of vegetable sides.

Seriously people, why on earth are we eating turkey on the one holiday that is centered on the meal? Can’t we could do better than turkey?

I’ll save that rant for a later date.

Here is what you came here for: 10 Interesting Thanksgiving facts and stats. This should give you a few nuggets of turkey day knowledge that you can wow your friends and family with while you are all sitting around the table eating (sigh) turkey.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Thanksgiving Facts and Stats

First Thanksgiving feast:

1621 in Plymouth, Massachusetts

Number of days that the first Thanksgiving lasted:

3 days

President that declared Thanksgiving a national holiday in the US:

Abraham Lincoln in 1863

Percentage of all annual turkey consumed in the US that is eaten on Thanksgiving:

Percentage of Americans that eat turkey on Thanksgiving Day:


Number of green bean casseroles served on Thanksgiving:

40 million

Percentage of all annual cranberries consumed in the US that are eaten during Thanksgiving:

20% (80 million pounds)

Number of Americans that will travel 50 or more miles for Thanksgiving:

46.3 million

The biggest bar night of the year in America:

Thanksgiving Eve

Year of the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade:

(Wayyyyy more Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Facts here)

Thanksgiving dinner in 2021 is estimated to cost 14% more than it did in 2020 (Turkeys cost 18% more YOY)

Bonus: Did you know that in 1939, FDR actually changed the official date of Thanksgiving to the second-to-last Thursday in November….the change only lasted 2 years.

Disclaimer: This post in no way reflects the quality of my Thanksgiving dinner. My sister makes an excellent Thanksgiving meal, so if I must have turkey and vegetables on Thanksgiving, there is no one I’d rather have cook them. In other words, please don’t disinvite us!

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