11 Things You May Not Know About Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of America’s prized holidays. Here are a 10 fun facts to share at the table with your family on Thanksgiving.

  1. There are three places in the US named Turkey.
  2. The first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade used live animals from the Central Park Zoo.
  3. Jingle Bells was originally a Thanksgiving song.
  4. The Detroit Lions always play on Thanksgiving.
  5. The night before Thanksgiving is the best day for bar sales in the US.
  6. Thanksgiving leftovers inspired the first-ever TV dinner.
  7. Ben Franklin wanted the turkey to be the official bird of the US.
  8. Thomas Jefferson canceled Thanksgiving during his presidency.
  9. FDR tried to change the date of Thanksgiving — and it caused a lot of problems.
  10. Minnesota produces the most turkeys in the US.
  11. There is an annual tradition of offering a turkey a presidential pardon — and no one is really sure when it began.

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