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Thanksgiving Trivia to Entertain and Stump You and Your Guests Here on the Suncoast

| Angela Naff |

In just a few days, Thanksgiving will be celebrated across the United States, and many will host gatherings of friends, family, and others. Whatever dishes you plan to serve are probably already decided on, the homes being tidied, and everything put in place to kick off the holiday season. This holiday ends with a Black Friday launch into the next, so enjoy this moment of pause before the business of December is upon us. We have even prepared a list of Thanksgiving trivia you can use to liven up your party and keep guests pondering (answers are at the bottom after photo credit). Good luck and happy guessing!

Trivia Questions

1) Which President officially made Thanksgiving the fourth Thursday of every November?

2) When was the first Thanksgiving NFL game?

3) Which U.S. president was the first to officially pardon a turkey? 

4) How long was the first Thanksgiving?

5) How much does the average Thanksgiving turkey weigh?

6) During which Revolutionary War battle did troops have a day of Thanksgiving?

7) According to the Guinness Book of World Records, how much does the heaviest turkey on record weigh?


8) How long is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade route? 

9) How many turkeys do American prepare each Thanksgiving?

10) When did the Mayflower officially depart England for America?

11) How many places in the U.S. have the word “Turkey” in their name?

12) Where is the turkey considered to be a sacrificial bird?

13) What is done to the cranberries to check if they are ready to be harvested?

14) How many passengers were on the Mayflower?

15) What was on the menu of the first Thanksgiving?

16) According to the Guinness World Records, how much does the heaviest pumpkin weigh?

17) Colchester, Connecticut, postponed their Thanksgiving in 1705 due to what?

18) In the iconic Friends Thanksgiving episode, who is wearing the turkey with sunglasses on their head?

19) In Seinfeld’s Thanksgiving episode, Kramer takes all of Jerry’s shoes, leaving him only with what footwear?

20) Who decided to hold Thanksgiving on the last Thursday of November?

So, who was the smartest amongst us? Did you know one or all of the answers? Are you ready to take on that turkey and finish your preparations? Whatever your plans for the holiday, enjoy the season, have lots of laughs and find some games (or trivia) to play that will make the party continue past the dinner table this holiday. Memories are made in these moments, and we hope everyone has the best holiday season.

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1) Franklin Delano Roosevelt
2) 1920
3) John F. Kennedy and then in 1989, George H.W. Bush “presented a Presidential pardon” to a “fine tom turkey” — and it’s been an annual tradition ever since.
4) Three days
5) About 15 pounds
6) The Battle of Saratoga.
7) 86 pounds
8) 2.5 miles
9) 46 million
10) September 6, 1620
11) Seven, per the U.S. Census Bureau — Turkey City, Texas; Turkey Creek, Arizona; Turkey Creek, Stone County, Arkansas; Turkey Creek, McPherson County, Kansas; Turkey Creek, Louisiana; Turkey, North Carolina and Turkey Valley, Yankton County, South Dakota.
12) Mexico
13) They are bounced
14) 102
15) Venison, goose, duck, fish, and porridge or bread made from corn.
16) 2,624.6 pounds/1,190.49 kg
17) The absence of pumpkin pies.
18) Monica
19) Cowboy Boots
20) Abraham Lincoln.

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