- Fall 1621 - The first Thanksgiving is observed in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
- 1789 - President George Washington declares November 26 a day of national thanksgiving, although there was no national Thanksgiving Day for several years.
- 1863 - President Abraham Lincoln establishes the last Thursday in November as a national day of Thanksgiving.
- 1924 - The first ever Macy's Day Parade takes place in New York City and draws a audience of over 250,000 people.
- 1934 - The first year the Detroit Lions played football on Thanksgiving Day. They played the Chicago Bears at Detroit Stadium in front of 26,000 fans.
- 1939 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt moves Thanksgiving Day one week earlier to help boost the holiday shopping season.
- 1941 - Congress rules that the fourth Thursday in November will be Thanksgiving Day, at the same time making it a federal legal holiday.
- 1989 - President George H. W. Bush pardons the first turkey. Although the public presentation of a turkey to the President had been a tradition since the 1940's, and a few presidents before had decide to not eat that turkey, this was the first year a president used the term "pardon," which has now become a Thanksgiving tradition.
- Thanksgiving is America's 2nd favorite holiday behind Christmas.
- An estimated 46 million turkeys are consumed on Thanksgiving Day. That's one fifth of the 235 million turkeys consumed annually in the United States.
- 88% of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving Day.
- In 2014, an estimated 856 million pounds of cranberries, 2.4 billion pounds of sweet potatoes, and 656 tons of green beans were produced in the United States.
- There are 17 ridges on a 14-ounce can of Ocean Spray Jellied Cranberry Sauce.
- On Average, Americans consume 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving dinner.
- Americans will spend an estimated $2.8 billion on Thanksgiving dinners this year.
- In 2013, 15 million Americans dined out for Thanksgiving, 14 million Americans ordered at least part of their Thanksgiving dinner, and 4 million Americans ordered take-out for their entire Thanksgiving dinner.
- Almost 50 million people typically watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on television, while around 3 million people attend the parade.
- In 2014, 46.3 million Americans traveled at least 50 miles or more for Thanksgiving.
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