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Thanksgiving Trivia Fun Facts

Did you know that the first Thanksgiving probably didn't include a meal of turkey?

This first meal between the pilgrims and the Native Americans has changed over time and has been celebrated in many different ways. Check out these interesting facts on the history of Thanksgiving.


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While we only bring the food out for one day, the first Thanksgiving saw three days of celebration.

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The first Thanksgiving took place in 1621, with a celebration between the pilgrims and the Wampanoag tribe.

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The 3rd president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, refused to make Thanksgiving a holiday. In the past, the president had to declare it a holiday each year, and Jefferson believed it violated the separation between church and state because Thanksgiving is often associated with prayer.

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While the exact date isn't known, Thanksgiving was celebrated in November during the 17th century. No matter how the weeks fall on the calendar, it is always celebrated on the 4th Thursday of the month.

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Football is a big part of Thanksgiving Day celebrations. The NFL team, the Detroit Lions, has been hosting Thanksgiving Day games since 1934. The Dallas Cowboys joined the tradition in 1966.

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The very first Thanksgiving took place at Plymouth. Governor William Bradford invited the Native Americans to celebrate with the Pilgrims.

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In a move to extend the shopping season, FDR made Thanksgiving the third Thursday in November in 1939. Let's just say that tons of calendars that year were printed incorrectly!

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Macy's is a powerhouse when it comes to celebrating holidays. They are well-known for their balloons, floats, and celebrity performances. The annual celebration has been around since 1924.

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The biggest shopping day in the US since 2005, Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving. It was coined this name after witnessing how disruptive traffic and shopping malls can be on the day.

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Don't be fooled! While turkey has become the meat of choice for Thanksgiving celebrations, the only meat that was documented at the first Thanksgiving was venison (deer).

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