Thanksgiving is a great time of the year to sit around the table with those you love and feast on delicious foods! While you’re sitting around the table this Thanksgiving it might be fun to try some Thanksgiving trivia to surprise your guests with and see who knows what about Thanksgiving!

Here are a few Thanksgiving facts that might help to spark intriguing dinner conversations.

  • The first Thanksgiving lasted three days long! Imagine cooking for 150 people for three days! Yikes!
  • While the American bald eagle is the national bird of the United States, Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird. Imagine what Thanksgiving would be like if that really happened.
  • Thanksgiving was not made an official holiday until 1863 when Abraham Lincoln declared it would be although Congress did not officially declare it to be a national holiday until 1941!


  • For nearly 40 years before Lincoln declared Thanksgiving to be a national holiday, Sarah Josepha Hale, author of “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” led a campaign to make it an official holiday.
  • Though it is widely believed that the tryptophan in turkey is the reason for feeling extra tired after your Thanksgiving feast, its effect is negligible when served with such a large feast. But don’t let that stop you from you taking a nice nap after an extra helping of apple pie!
  • Though Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is now a holiday tradition, when it began in 1924 it featured Macy’s employees dressed up along with professional bands and animals from Central Park Zoo. Imagine someone walking a lion in the parade today!


  • Giant helium balloons began to be used in the parade in 1927 in which they planned to release them in to the air to hover over the city but they exploded while ascending in to the air. The next year they were successful and the balloons hovered over the city for a few days until they deflated. Upon their arrival back to the ground, the lucky people to find these balloons would be able to retrieve a special gift from the department store.
  •   The average Thanksgiving turkey weighs 15 pounds!
  •  91% of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving.
  • 20% of the cranberries made in a year are eaten on Thanksgiving.
  •  The average person consumes 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving. No wonder we’re so tired!
  • “Black Friday” was a term first used in the 1960’s when it was used to refer to the time of year when retailer’s profits would go from “red” (loss) to “black” (profit).
  •  In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving to the third Thursday of the month to increase holiday shopping for Christmas but was met with such opposition from the public he was forced to change it back to the fourth Thursday of the month two years later.

Have a great Thanksgiving Everyone! Don’t forget to stop by your local Sparkle Market for all your Turkey day needs!