Every year, millions of Americans look forward to settling down at the table with friends and family and digging into a big Thanksgiving meal with all the traditional trimmings. Like all major holidays and other events celebrated by a whole lot of people, there are plenty of fun little facts and figures about all aspects of the holiday — from the iconic turkey to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade — that we bet you didn’t know, and we’ve rounded up our favorite 10.
He thought that eagles had “bad moral character.”
Canadian Thanksgiving (or just “Thanksgiving” to them) is held on the second Monday in October.
Europeans were big fans of Guinea fowls, which were imported by Turkish merchants. They nicknamed the birds turkeys, and when Spaniards came to the New World and discovered similar-looking birds here, the name carried over.
He was introduced in the fourth-annual parade, held in 1927.
Back in 1953, Swanson was faced with a massive turkey surplus (260 tons’ worth), so they decided to take advantage of new technology in freezing and packaging, and created what’s gone down in history as the first mass-market TV dinner.
Because there were no deflation procedures in place, the earliest parade balloons were just let go at the end, and those who found them after they came back down to earth could send them back to Macy’s to claim a prize.
That title belongs to Philadelphia’s 6ABC Thanksgiving Day Parade, which started in 1920, four years before New York’s.
Only wild turkeys, which are lighter, can fly; they actually fly up into trees to sleep at night.
A 3-ounce serving of chicken contains 240 calories; the same amount of turkey contains just 190.