23 Nov 10 MORE Fun Facts about Thanksgiving
Hopefully you enjoyed our first round of “10 Fun Facts about Thanksgiving“. There are so many, that it was really difficult to narrow it down to just 10. As a result, we decided to post 10 more. Happy Thanksgiving !!
1. Over 46 million turkeys are consumed on Thanksgiving Day in the United States, according to the National Turkey Federation. We find it important to note that there is also a National Turkey Federation — who knew?
2. The Macy’s Christmas Parade first launched on Thanksgiving Day in 1924 to signify the start to the Christmas shopping season. The parade is now referred to as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
3. A “spooked turkey” can run up to speeds of 25 miles per hour.
4. A typical turkey contains about 30% dark meat, and 70% white meat.
5. Almost one million individuals complete a running road race on Thanksgiving Day in the United States. It is the most popular day for road races in the United States. Want to jump in for some of the running fun before Thanksgiving dinner? Check out some of the best Thanksgiving road races in the country.
6. Felix the Cat Was the First Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon. He was introduced in the fourth-annual parade, held in 1927. And 2016 marked his return for the first time since World War II.
7. Thanksgiving Was Celebrated in London. Once. In 1942, London’s Westminster Abbey held Thanksgiving services for U.S. troops stationed in England. More than 3,500 soldiers filled the church’s pews to sing America, the Beautiful and The Star-Spangled Banner — the first time in the church’s 900-year history that a foreign army was invited to take over the grounds. It was an ironic gesture given the holiday’s origins as a festival for pilgrims fleeing religious tyranny in Britain.
8. Some historians say the annual White House tradition of pardoning a turkey before Thanksgiving began in 1947, when President Harry Truman took pity on one lucky fowl. Others say the practice began during the 1860s, when Abraham Lincoln granted a pardon to a pet turkey belonging to his son, Tad. The tradition may alleviate some of America’s guilt, but it doesn’t stop us from slaughtering more than 46 million turkeys for the holiday.
9. The Macy’s Parade Isn’t the Oldest. That title belongs to Philadelphia’s 6ABC Thanksgiving Day Parade, which started in 1920, four years before New York’s.
10. Thanksgiving Was a Slow-Roasting Holiday. While the first Thanksgiving was held in 1621, it would take more than 150 years before all 13 colonies celebrated Thanksgiving at once, in October 1777. In 1789, George Washington hailed the holiday, while President Thomas Jefferson scoffed at the notion, calling Thanksgiving “the most ridiculous idea” ever conceived.