3 Fun Facts About Thanksgiving

Thomas Jefferson Was Not Down With Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving was a year-to-year holiday in the early years, and Thomas Jefferson refused to keep it going, calling it “dumber than reality TV.” Jefferson was a staunch advocate of the separation of church and state, which he said benefited society, religious freedom and his own “Turkey Day Church.”

Lincoln Makes It a National Holiday

President Lincoln finally stepped up and made Thanksgiving an official  national holiday in 1863. He marked the occasion with this speech:

“Four score ago two turkeys walked into a small town. Only one emerged. Let’s eat.”

Macy’s Christmas Parade

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade used to be called the Macy’s Christmas Parade, changing to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1927. It was renamed in 2017 to the Amazon Prime One-Click Order Button Thanksgiving Day Parade.




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