20 Exciting Facts About Thanksgiving Few Americans Know

11Wampanoag Indians

The first Thanksgiving feast in US was held in the presence of around ninety Wampanoag Indians and the Wampanoag chief, Massasoit, was also invited there.


Thanksgiving day was rescheduled to maximize shopping time.


At the first Thanksgiving dinner lobster was one of the main entrees. Seal and swan were also on the menu.


It is illegal to sell alcohol on Thanksgiving day in Massachusetts and North Dakota.

15Spoons and knives

The first Thanksgiving was eaten with spoons and knives — but no forks!


In the 1800s, Thanksgiving was basically celebrated same as Halloween. Poor people would knock on doors to ask "anything for Thanksgiving?" and rich kids went out dressed in rags to mock them, up until the Great Depression when the question was always answered with NO.


A lot of cranberries are needed to accompany all that turkey on Thanksgiving. In all, 768 million lbs. (350 million kilograms) of cranberries were produced in the United States in 2012.

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18Thanksgiving day

The American Automobile Association (AAA) estimated that 42.2 million Americans traveled 50 miles or more from home over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in 2010.

19Thomas Jefferson

President Thomas Jefferson called a federal Thanksgiving proclamation “the most ridiculous idea ever conceived.”

206abc IKEA Thanksgiving Day Parade

In 1920, Gimbels department store in Philadelphia held a parade with about 50 people and Santa Claus bringing up the rear. The parade is now known as the 6abc IKEA Thanksgiving Day Parade and is the nation’s oldest Thanksgiving Day parade.


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