46 Million Turkeys This Year, and the Rest of Thanksgiving by the Numbers

Thanksgiving has a colorful history that dates back to as early as 1621. While close to 46 million turkeys are eaten during the holiday, it all started with Governor William Bradford who sent 4 men to hunt birds for the feast back in the Plymouth Colony, a feast attended by 53 colonists and 90 Wampanoag.

Now, as History.com puts it in their latest visual study on Thanksgiving by the Numbers [link], nearly 88% of Americans eat turkey at Thanksgiving, which makes it the most turkey-fied holiday in American culture by far, as the 46 million turkeys consumed on Thanksgiving eclipses the 22 million consumed at Christmas, and the 19 million consumed during Easter. The graphic delves further, discussing the origins of the Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade, Black Friday and the equally popular Cyber Monday.

Here’s a complete look:

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Infographic by History.com/Column Five

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