How Much Do You Know About Thanksgiving?


Lainey Quick

Hannah (pictured left) won the Thanksgiving trivia game 4-2 against Chloe.

Thanksgiving is a federal holiday in the United States, celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. On this holiday, Americans sit down with their families and enjoy a large feast together, to give thanks for everything they have. The event that Americans call the “First Thanksgiving” was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World. This feast lasted three days and was attended by the Pilgrims and Native Americans.

We asked Hannah McClellan and Chloe Hammond, students at Bellwood-Antis Middle School, 15 Thanksgiving trivia questions to see how well they know information about this holiday. Some of their answers may surprise you!

What year was the celebration that is most commonly considered to be the first Thanksgiving?

Chloe: 1776.

Hannah: 1764.

Correct answer: 1621.

How long did the first Thanksgiving celebration last?

Chloe: 42 minutes.

Hannah: Two days.

Correct answer: 3 days.

When the religious group that would later be known as the Pilgrims left England to practice their religion freely, where did they go?

Chloe: England.

Hannah: Plymouth Rock.

Correct answer: Leiden, Holland.

Under which president did Thanksgiving become an annual holiday?

Chloe: Abraham Lincoln.

Hannah: George Washington.

Correct answer: Abraham Lincoln.

In which decade did both the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and America’s Thanksgiving Parade start?

Chloe: 1920.

Hannah: 1950.

Correct answer: The 1920’s (specifically 1924).

How do both the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and America’s Thanksgiving Parade conclude?

Chloe: Fireworks.

Hannah: Floats.

Correct answer: With the arrival of Santa Claus.

What is the oldest Thanksgiving parade currently called?

Chloe: Macy’s.

Hannah: Americans.

Correct answer: The Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Which president was the first to give a turkey a presidential pardon?

Chloe: George W. Bush.

Hannah: Thomas Jefferson.

Correct answer: Ronald Reagan.

What are turkey chicks called?

Chloe: Gobblers.

Hannah: Turkeylings.

Correct answer: Pults or turkeylings.

What is the wobbly red piece of flesh on top of the beak of a turkey?

 Chloe: Gobble.

Hannah: Gobbler.

Correct answer: A snood.

What are most turkey feathers used for after the turkey is plucked?

Chloe: Pens.

Hannah: Table mats.

Correct answer: Animal feed.

What state raises the most turkeys?

Chloe: Alabama.

Hannah: Kentucky.

Correct answer: Minnesota.

What meat did the native Americans bring to the first Thanksgiving?

Chloe: Fish.

Hannah: Deer.

Correct answer: Deer.

What food was present at the first Thanksgiving but is rarely eaten at Thanksgiving now?

Chloe: Cornucopia.

Hannah: Venison.

Correct answer: Seafood.

In what century were the first pumpkin pies as we know them made?

Chloe: 1900’s.

Hannah: 1800’s.

Correct answer: The 17th century (1600s).

After playing this game of trivia, Chloe and Hannah learned more about Thanksgiving and how it is celebrated. They had a great time answering these questions, and we enjoyed listening to their answers. Some of them were really funny! We look forward to writing more trivia articles in the future!