Happy Thanksgiving Fun Facts

November 17, 2017


It’s time to eat.  Of course when is it not.  Before we sit down for the big meal, I thought I would share some fun facts about Thanksgiving.  The first Thanksgiving was actually a three day event. Governor William Bradford organized the feast, inviting the Plymouth colonists' Native American allies. But it was only until the Wampanoag Indian guests came and joined the Pilgrims that they decided to extend the affair.  The first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade didn't feature any balloons.  But when the parade made its big debut in 1924, with animals from the Central Park Zoo. 


In 1953, a Swanson employee accidentally ordered a colossal shipment of Thanksgiving turkeys.  To get rid of them, salesman Gerry Thomas came up with the idea of filling 5,000 aluminum trays with the turkey – along with cornbread dressing, gravy, peas and sweet potatoes. They were sold for 98 cents, and were a hit. Within one year, over ten million were sold.  The first TV Dinners.  The day after Thanksgiving is the busiest day for plumbers, according to Roto-Rooter. Meal prep and cleanup can clog drains and garbage disposals, and guests requiring “additional clothes washing, showers, and toilet flushes put a strain on household plumbing,” the company says. It experiences a 21 percent increase in calls over the four-day weekend than any other Thursday to Sunday period in the year.

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