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.
Native Americans have been holding a National Day of Mourning on Thanksgiving since 1970.
The Pilgrims likely ate lobster, seals, and swan at the first Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving was moved in 1939 to the fourth Thursday (from the last Thursday) in November by FDR at the request of the president of Macy’s, to increase the number of shopping days before Christmas.
In Turkish, the bird we call a Turkey is called “Hindi” (“from India”). In India, it’s called “Peru.” In Arabic, the bird is called “Greek chicken”; in Greek it’s called “French chicken”; and in French it’s called “Indian chicken.” The bird is indigenous to none of these places.
Some Native Americans have celebrated “Unthanksgiving Day” for the last 37 years.