In 1953, Swanson overestimated the number of frozen turkeys that it would sell on Thanksgiving by 260 tons. The company decided to slice up the extra meat and repackage it–creating the first ever TV dinner.
For decades, southern states considered Thanksgiving an “act of northern aggression.” Pumpkin pie was seen as a “Yankee food” and a symbol of anti-slavery sentiment.
Jingle bells was originally a Thanksgiving song, not a Christmas song.
In 2013, a Pizza Hut GM stood up and refused to force his employees to work Thanksgiving, believing they should get to spend time with family instead.
Nearly all of the Presidentially pardoned turkeys are now dead due to the fact that the turkeys used for Thanksgiving are bred for the table and not for the ability to live long and healthy lives.
The first native American to meet the Pilgrims walked into the Plymouth settlement and welcomed them in English and asked them for a beer.
There is a grocery store named “Thanksgiving” in Paris that sells U.S. “cuisine” like Pop-Tarts, Heinz ketchup, and Skippy peanut butter to homesick ex-pats.
CBS is not officially authorized to broadcast the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. In 2012 Macy’s rerouted the parade to make it more difficult for CBS to broadcast.
The first Thanksgiving to occur in the Americas happened in Florida, not Plymouth Rock. It was celebrated by Spanish explorers and Timucua Indians.
It is against the law for supermarkets, department stores, and other big box stores in Rhode Island, Maine, and Massachusetts to be open on Thanksgiving.