Thanksgiving is not only the holiday where you gain about seven pounds in one day due to that fantastic turkey you get to eat; it’s also a very historical holiday. I’m sure all of you have heard all that Pilgrim stuff with the Indians and how we ‘came together’ after a tough first year at Plymouth Rock. But what are some sweet facts about Turkey day we don’t know? Check out these cool facts, and wow your family with all the facts you learn!
1. The only drink the drink that the Puritans brought with them in the Mayflower was the beer.
2. The first feast was held in the presence of around ninety Wampanoag Indians
3. President Franklin D. Roosevelt decided Thanksgiving would be on the fourth Thursday of November in 1939.
4. The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade tradition began in the 1920’s.
5. Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird of the United States. But it was Thomas Jefferson who opposed him. It is believed that Franklin then named the male turkey as ‘tom’ to mock Jefferson.
6. A full-grown turkey has over 3,000 feathers.
7. When a Tom turkey [male turkey] gobbles, it can be heard from as far away as a mile.
8. Black Friday dates back to at least 1966, although its usage was primarily on the East coast.
9. In 2007, 135 million people participated in the Black Friday shopping rush.
10. The first feast lasted three days. It included games and food.
–Information compiled by Samantha Spaulding, Staff Writer