This week, Americans will celebrate a truly American holiday – Thanksgiving. This short video explains the history of Thanksgiving:

To learn more about Thanksgiving, search the internet for answers to these questions!

  1. In what year did the Pilgrims celebrate the first Thanksgiving? Where did they celebrate? Why did they have this celebration?
  2. Approximately how many people attended the first Thanksgiving? What groups of people were represented?
  3. Who issued the proclamation making Thanksgiving an annual national holiday? When? Who led the campaign to make it official?
  4. On what day each year is Thanksgiving celebrated in the United States?
  5. Name three popular ways to serve leftover turkey.
  6. How long did the first Thanksgiving celebration last?
  7. Name 10 foods thought to have been eaten at the first Thanksgiving and 5 traditional Thanksgiving foods that were probably not eaten.
  8. How many pounds of sweet potatoes did NC produce in 2010?
  9. Why did President Roosevelt change the date of Thanksgiving?
  10. How heavy was the fattest turkey ever raised?
  11. What happens to the live turkey given to the president each year by the National Turkey Federation?
  12. What percentage of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving?
  13. How many towns in the U.S. are named Turkey? Where is the closest one?
  14. Who designed the first giant balloons for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?
  15. Which character has appeared as a balloon in the Macy’s parade the most?

How many answers did you find? What did you learn?

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