Friday, November 20, 2015

Thanksgiving Facts

  • The first Thanksgiving was held in the autumn of 161.
  • There were fifty Pilgrims and ninety Wampanoag Indians at the First Thanksgiving. There were only five women according to many historians because many women settlers didn’t survive the first year in the U.S.
  • Thanksgiving didn’t become a national holiday until over 200 years later.
  • There was no turkey served at the first Thanksgiving.
  • At first, the Pilgrims wanted to give thanks by praying and fasting from food to celebrate their first harvest. But, lucky for us, the Indians joined them and turned their fast into a feast.
  • President Abe Lincoln is the one who said that Thanksgiving would be the fourth Thursday in November.
  • The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade began in 1924.
  • The NFL started the Thanksgiving Classic games in 1920.
  • Wild turkeys can rule 20 miles per hour when they are scared.
  • Americans eat 46 million turkeys each Thanksgiving.
  • The heaviest turkey on record weighed 86 pounds.
--Kara Kelso

ara Kelso

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