YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – The first Thanksgiving dinner was in 1621, but it was not declared a holiday until 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln declared it as a national holiday.
There was no turkey at the first Thanksgiving dinner. Instead, diners likely ate deer, duck, oysters, geese, eel and fish, historians say.
Now, turkey is the staple of a Thanksgiving meal. About 46 million turkeys are eaten on Thanksgiving.
About 80 million pounds of cranberry are eaten on Thanksgiving weekend.
The average American consumes 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving day — more than double the recommended calories for the day.
Those extra calories can have some serious consequences. Within two hours of eating a Thanksgiving meal, there is a 400 percent increase in the chance of a heart attack
The average cost this year for a Thanksgiving feast for 10 is $49.87.
Three million line the streets to watch the popular Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and 50 million people watch on TV.