Fun facts about Thanksgiving dinner

Thanksgiving dinner is a time for families to come together, enjoy some delicious food, and enjoy an afternoon of talking, laughing, and general merriment. The history of Thanksgiving is an interesting one, and many kids grow up learning about it in school. But there are things that aren’t taught in school, so here are some quick Thanksgiving fun facts to wow your family while you’re all gathered around the Thanksgiving dinner table.

  • The first Thanksgiving dinner took place in 1621 and only five women were present at the first dinner. Thanksgiving didn’t become a national holiday until over 200 years later when Sarah Josepha Hale convince President Lincoln to do so in 1863 after writing letters for 17 years campaigning for the holiday.
  • It’s thanks to Thanksgiving that we now have TV dinners. The company Swanson had so many leftover turkeys in 1953 that a salesman suggested they package it onto aluminum trays with sides like sweet potatoes, thereby creating the first TV dinner.
  • The first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade took place in 1924 with 400 Macy’s employees marching from Convent Ave. to 145th Street in New York City. The parade featured live animals from Central Park Zoo.
  • Americans eat 46 million turkeys each Thanksgiving and the average turkey for Thanksgiving dinner usually weighs 15 pounds. Interestingly enough, Californians consume the most turkey in the U.S. on Thanksgiving Day.
  • The original Thanksgiving dinner that took place in 1621 lasted three days long. That’s a lot of food and partying!
  • There is a part of Plymouth, Massachusetts that looks just like it did in the 17th Century and each year they host a Thanksgiving dinner that is traditional and representative of what it was like back in that day. Talk about living out the history of Thanksgiving.

The history of Thanksgiving is always fun to discuss around the table on Thanksgiving. We at Shooters hope you will enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends.