Thanksgiving History & Trivia

CREATED Nov 22, 2012

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When it comes to Thanksgiving, families everywhere are looking to gather for a day full of food, football, family, and of course, shopping. But as you throw the turkey into the oven, do you know the story of Thanksgiving, or other stories attributed to the holiday? We've compiled a list of some historic moments, as well as trivia!


Trivia (Answers at bottom of page):


1. Where did the first Thanksgiving take place, and in what year?

2. Which president declared the final Thursday of November to be the national day of Thanksgiving?

3. Which state was top in turkey production during 2011?

4. Which float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has made the most appearances?

5. Which two NFL teams squared off in the first ever Thanksgiving Day football game?


Did you know..

-The author of "Mary Had a Little Lamb", Josepha Hale, attempted to make Thanksgiving a national holiday in the mid-19th century, to no avail.

-The American Automobile Association (AAA) estimated that 42.2 million Americans traveled 50 miles or more during the Thanksgiving weekend of 2010.

-46 million turkeys—one fifth of the annual total of 235 million consumed in the United States—were eaten at Thanksgiving.

-The U.S. produced over 750 million pounds of Cranberries in 2011.

-The New Bremen Giant Pumpkin Growers in Ohio produced a 2,020 pound Pumpkin Pie, the largest in history. The ingredients for this pie were as followed:

  • 900 pounds of Pumpkin
  • 62 gallons of evaporated milk
  • 155 dozen eggs
  • 300 pounds of sugar
  • 3.5 pounds of salt
  • 7 pounds of cinnamon
  • 2 pounds of pumpkin spice
  • 250 pounds of crust

-Three towns are named after Turkey's, including Turkey, North Carolina; Turkey, Texas; and Turkey Creek, Louisiana, all with populations below 500.




1. 1621, Plymouth Colony in present-day Massachusetts

2. President Abraham Lincoln

3. Minnesota, with 46 million turkeys coming from the Gopher State

4. Snoopy from Peanuts

5. The Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears dueled in a 1934 matchup at the University of Detroit stadium, in front of 26,000 fans