10 Interesting Thanksgiving Facts

by Josh Askins

  • Butterball answers more than 100,000 turkey-cooking questions via their Butterball Turkey Hotline each November and December.
  • Watching football is an integral part of most Thanksgiving celebrations.
  • Wild turkeys can run 20 miles per hour when scared.
  • Thanksgiving is the biggest travel day of the year.
  • Macy’s has put on a parade every Thanksgiving since 1924.
  • Turkey wasn’t on the the menu at the first thanksgiving in 1621.
  • The average amount of calories consumed at a thanksgiving dinner is 4,500.
  • President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863.
  • The first thanksgiving was a 3 day harvest festival.
  • The first Turkey Trot took place in Buffalo, New York 123 years ago.

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