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Thanksgiving Fun Facts

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. So, we thought it'd be fun to share some facts so you’d have pumpkin’ to talk about over dinner. The website Holidappy shares 10 interesting facts about Thanksgiving.

  1. In 1621, the first Thanksgiving took place. The celebration took place at the Plymouth Colony, which is now Plymouth, Massachusetts.

  2. The President pardons a turkey every Thanksgiving. This tradition has been conducted every year since 1989. The ceremony is called "The National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation.”

  3. Ever since 1924, Macy's has put on its classic Thanksgiving parade. The annual event was created in hopes of incentivizing the appetites of customers for the holiday shopping season.

  4. Thanksgiving is the biggest travel day of the year. Over the holiday weekend, 42 million Americans drive 50 miles or more. Another 4 million people are traveling by plane for the holidays to see their loved ones.

  5. The foods eaten for Thanksgiving dinner haven't changed much since 1621, with the staples being turkey, pumpkin pie, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and green beans.

  6. Americans eat over 280 million turkeys every Thanksgiving.

  7. Cranberries are native to North America. Native Americans used cranberries for medicinal purposes, such as healing arrow wounds.

  8. There is an official Thanksgiving postage stamp. The U.S. Postal Service created a stamp in honor of the Thanksgiving Holiday in 2001.

  9. The wishbone tradition is much older than Thanksgiving. The good-luck tradition dates back to the Etruscan civilization circa 322 B.C.

  10. Watching football is an integral part of many Thanksgiving celebrations. Football has been a traditional Thanksgiving pastime since 1897.

If you and your family celebrate Thanksgiving, we hope you have an amazing and relaxing day with your loved ones. Hap-pie Thanksgiving!

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