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7 Things You Didn’t Know About Thanksgiving

October 17, 2018 by TodayTix
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Larissa FastHorse’s “The Thanksgiving Play” turns the holiday on its head when four teaching artists gather and try to simultaneously celebrate turkey day and Native American Heritage Month. The play runs through Nov. 25 at Playwrights Horizons. While FastHorse’s play reveals some of the holiday’s darker history, we thought we’d bring to light some other fun facts about the annual feast.

Get tickets to see “The Thanksgiving Play” at Playwrights Horizons. 

Thanksgiving isn’t only in America.
However, Canadians celebrate the holiday on the second Monday in October.

46 million turkeys are cooked on Thanksgiving.
Only 22 million hit the table on Christmas.

The first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade didn’t have balloons.
The parade in 1924 did have animals from the Central Park Zoo though.

About 20% of all cranberries consumed in the U.S. each year are from Thanksgiving.
The real debate is whether you eat canned or not.

The turkey was almost our national bird.
If Benjamin Franklin had anything to do with it, the eagle would have been toast.

Thanksgiving is the reason for TV dinners.
You have to have to do something with all those leftovers.

President Truman pardoned the first turkey in 1947.
One of the turkeys President Obama pardoned was the grand marshall of the Disneyland Thanksgiving parade.