9 Fun Facts About Thanksgiving

9 Fun Facts About Thanksgiving

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First Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 over a three-day harvest festival that included 50 Pilgrims, 90 Wampanoag Indians, and a few women.

Turkey wasn't on the menu at the first Thanksgiving.

Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday on October 3, 1863.

John F. Kennedy was the first to let a Thanksgiving turkey go, followed by Richard Nixon who sent his turkey to a petting zoo.

There are four towns in the United States named “Turkey.” They can be found in Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, and North Carolina.

Average number of calories consumed on Thanksgiving is 4,500.

Butterball answers more than 100,000 turkey-cooking questions via their Butterball Turkey Hotline each November and December.

The first NFL games were played on Thanksgiving in 1920.

More than 54 million Americans are expected to travel during the Thanksgiving holiday this year. That’s up 4.8% from last year.

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