Celebrated on November 22nd
Sarah Josepha Hale, the woman who actually wrote the classic song “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” convinced President Lincoln in 1863 to make Thanksgiving a national holiday, after writing letters for 17 years campaigning for this to happen.
Snoopy has appeared in the Macy's Parade more than any other character balloon. A Snoopy balloon made his debut at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1968, making 39 appearances "on and off through 2015" before he was replaced with Charlie Brown in 2016, Mental Floss reports.
Big Bird’s suit on Sesame Street consists of turkey feathers that have been dyed yellow. The American Plume & Fancy Feather company is responsible for making the suit, and Big Bird is its toughest customer, owner Anthony Trento told CNN in 2008. “His tremendous costume uses feathers from the rear end of a turkey, which are rarely clean. Sesame Street rejects nine out of ten feathers,” said Trento.