Do You Know These Thanksgiving Facts & Figures?

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Do You Know These Thanksgiving Facts & Figures?

Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year or traveling to visit friends and family, at Coolidge Law Firm, we want to wish you a happy and safe holiday. We’ve also pulled together a few interesting holiday facts and figures that you may or may not already know. Enjoy! 

Origins and Traditions

  • The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621. 
  • It wasn’t until October, 3rd 1863 that President Lincoln officially proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday. 
  • 1920 was the first year that NFL games were played on Thanksgiving. 
  • The first Macy’s Day Parade was held in 1924.
  • The tradition of pardoning a turkey was first started by President George H. W. Bush on Thanksgiving day in 1989. 


  • More than 55 million travelers are making plans to kick off the holiday season with a trip of 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving. 
  • 4.5 million Americans will fly to their Thanksgiving celebrations. 
  • Over 49 million Americans will flood the streets and highways to travel this Thanksgiving holiday. 
  • Approximately 430 fatal accidents happen each Thanksgiving holiday. Stay safe out there! 

Family & Friends

  • 96% of Americans say they celebrate Thanksgiving.
  • 28% of Americans will have more than 12 people at their table. 
  • 22% of Americans include pets in their festivities. 
  • The things people are most thankful for this season are: family, health, personal freedom, friends, memories and safety. 


  • 88% of Americans eat turkey as a part of their Thanksgiving meal. 
  • 57% of families enjoy pumpkin pie, 14% enjoy pecan pie, and 9% enjoy sweet potato pie. 
  • 73% of Americans say that leftovers are the best part about Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving from Coolidge Law!


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