Did pilgrims serve pumpkin pie? Find out that and so much more with Tiki’s Thanksgiving trivia – just in time for the big day.
Tiki, our Good Dog Hotel & Spa ambassador, loves any occasion to celebrate. That’s why he wanted to share some awesome Thanksgiving trivia just in time for the big day. He thinks if you’re armed with surprising holiday facts and interesting tidbits, it might help you impress all those relatives while you’re sitting around the dining room table.
We hope you enjoy Tiki’s 20 fun facts about Thanksgiving, and from our family to yours, have a wonderful and safe holiday.
- Puritans brought beer over with them on the Mayflower.
- The Wampanoag Indians taught the Pilgrims how to cultivate the land.
- The Pilgrim leader, Governor William Bradford, organized the first Thanksgiving feast in 1621 and invited the neighboring Wampanoag Indians. It lasted three days.
- There was no milk, cheese, bread, butter, mashed potatoes, corn or pumpkin pie at the first Thanksgiving feast. Rather, the menu included nuts, vegetables, a variety of meats, stewed pumpkin and cranberries.
- In 1784, Ben Franklin suggested the wild turkey would be a more appropriate national symbol for the U.S. rather than the bald eagle. He believed turkeys were more respectable and “true original Native of America.”
- The famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade began in the 1920’s.
- According to Guinness World Records, the largest pumpkin pie ever baked was 12 feet in diameter and 2,020 pounds.
- About 46 million turkeys are eaten in America for Thanksgiving dinner.
- It has been estimated that 88% of Americans eat turkey on the big day.
- The state of California consumes the most amount of turkey.
- According to the Guinness Book of Records, The heaviest turkey on record weighs 86 pounds, but the average turkey weighs about 15 pounds.
- In Canada, Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the second Monday of October.
- Only tom turkeys gobble.
- Hen turkeys make a clicking noise.
- Domesticated turkeys cannot fly.
- Wild turkeys can fly for short distances up to 55 miles per hour and can run 20 miles per hour.
- The day after Thanksgiving is the busiest day for plumbers, according to Roto-Rooter. This is mainly due to meal prep and cleanup, which can clog drains and garbage disposals.
- Minnesota produces more turkeys than any other state in the U.S., raising close to 46 million in 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
- Over 750 million pounds of cranberries are produced in the U.S. each year in Wisconsin, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon and Washington.
- The largest pumpkin pie ever was baked on October 8, 2005, by the New Bremen Giant Pumpkin Growers in Ohio. It weighed 2,020 pounds and measured just over 12 feet long, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.