25 Interesting Facts about Thanksgiving Day

By: Fact Republic

1. The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade originally featured live animals from the Central Park Zoo, they occasionally roared and scared children, so they were replaced with balloons.

2. Up until 1933 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons were released into the air at the conclusion of the parade and would stay airborne above the city for as long as a week

A return address was stitched in and people who returned them received $100 reward.

3. In the 1800s, Thanksgiving was basically celebrated same as Halloween. Poor people would knock on doors to ask "anything for Thanksgiving?"

Rich kids went out dressed in rags to mock them, up until the Great Depression when the question was always answered with NO.

4. The 1st Thanksgiving feast in US was held in the presence of around 90 Wampanoag Indians and the Wampanoag chief, Massasoit was also invited there.

5. Snoop Dogg helped hand out 1,500 turkeys to needy Inglewood residents in 2016 Thanksgiving. He also stuck around to pose for photos with over 800 people.

6. In 1939, Thanksgiving was celebrated on the third Thursday in November — not the fourth.

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

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

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

10. Thanksgiving day was rescheduled to maximize shopping time.

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