Things You May Not Know About Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a holiday we all know and love, filled with family, fun and lots of food. We have compiled a list of some interesting facts you may not know about Thanksgiving. 

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1. The first Thanksgiving celebration lasted three days.

2. Lobster, rabbit, chicken, fish, squashes, beans, chestnuts, hickory nuts, onions, leeks, dried fruits, maple syrup and honey, radishes, cabbage, carrots, eggs, and goat cheese are thought to have made up the first Thanksgiving feast.

3. The pilgrims didn't use forks; they ate with spoons, knives, and their fingers.

4. Abraham Lincoln issued a 'Thanksgiving Proclamation' on third October 1863 and officially set aside the last Thursday of November as the national day for Thanksgiving.

5. In the US, about 280 million turkeys are sold for the Thanksgiving celebrations.

6. Each year, the average American eats somewhere between 16 - 18 pounds of turkey

7. Californians are the largest consumers of turkey in the United States

8. Although, Thanksgiving is widely considered an American holiday, it is also celebrated on the second Monday in October in Canada.

9. The average weight of a turkey purchased at Thanksgiving is 15 pounds.

10. The heaviest turkey ever raised was 86 pounds, about the size of a large dog.

11. Turkey has more protein than chicken or beef.

12. Minnesota is the top turkey-producing state in America

13. 91% of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving Day

14. Benjamin Franklin wanted the national bird to be a turkey.

15. Twenty percent of cranberries eaten are eaten on Thanksgiving.

16. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is responsible for the most bar sales in America, more than New Year’s Eve, the Super Bowl, or even St. Patrick’s Day. 

17. Thomas Jefferson cancelled Thanksgiving during his presidency. 

18. 46.3 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles or more for Thanksgiving in 2014

19. The annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade tradition began in the 1920's.

20. Since 1947, the National Turkey Federation has presented a live turkey and two dressed turkeys to the President. The President does not eat the live turkey. He "pardons" it and allows it to live out its days on a historical farm.