What are the Amazing Facts about Thanksgiving Day?

Amazing Facts about Thanksgiving Day

Traditional Facts About Thanksgiving Day

  • The first Thanksgiving Day was celebrated by only 50 pilgrims in 1621.
  • In 1863 president  Lincoln declared Thanksgiving Day as the national holiday. Actually, Sarah Josepha Hale (writer of “Mary Had a Little Lamb”)convinced him for this by writing letters for a period of 17 years.
  • During the first Thanksgiving Day, no turkey was eaten and it was started long after that event.
  • The principal aim of Thanksgiving Day was to thank God for the harvest of their crop and better crop ahead in next year.
  • At the first Thanksgiving Day, no forks were used because they were not invented at that time.

Modern Facts About Thanksgiving Day

  • Since 1947, every year on the occasion of Thanksgiving Day, US president pardons a turkey and save it from being eaten. It was first started by President Truman in 1947. This year on Thanksgiving Day 2018, President Donald Trump will perform this ceremony.
  • President Lincoln declares Thanksgiving Day to be celebrated on fourth Thursday of November every year. This year it will be celebrated on 22 November 2018.
  • Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is an attracting event on Thanksgiving Day. The first parade was held in 1924 with 400 individuals in New York City.
  • Special games of NFL (National Football League) was started in 1924 on Thanksgiving Day. Initially, two games were played but in 2006, a third game was also added. Different club teams like Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons, Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints take part in this amazing event.
  • How fast can a turkey run? A wild turkey can run up to a speed of 20 miles per hour but domesticated turkey can’t due to heavy body weight.

Thanksgiving Day Football Games

Thanksgiving Day Football

On the special occasion of Thanksgiving day, people try to enjoy in every possible way. They buy new stuff, eat, dance and play games. Many sports events are organized by colleges or national level authorities. American football has a special place in the hearts of North and South American people. They play football because it teaches them Unity, Teamwork, Strength, Willpower etc.


NFL (National Football League)

National Football League is a traditional game of United States of America, Canada and other neighbouring countries. There are football games organized on Thanksgiving holiday. Football is in the blood of Americans and without this event their Thanksgiving is incomplete. Various college football teams and states teams join the league.

Read also: What are the Thanksgiving day activities for adults.

Thanksgiving Day Football Games Schedule

On Thanksgiving day three games are organized to celebrate this great day. Teams like Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons, Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints face each other. The first match will be plated between Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions at 12:30 PM ET live on CBS. The second game will be between Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys at 04:30 PM ET live on Fox. The Final game will be played between Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints at 08:20 PM ET live on NBC.

Turkey Bowl Game

Turkey bowl is the sports event on Thanksgiving day. Actually, it is the common name for high school American football games. This is the traditional game event and people join it for their happiness and to celebrate the Thanksgiving day in a better way.