Fun Food Facts About Thanksgiving Dinner

Take a moment to think about your family Thanksgiving dinner spread. Can you see it?

The turkey, the green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, pies – the works. Now imagine that same spread on 45 million tables across the United States. That is an astonishing amount of food!

It is estimated the total national spend on Thanksgiving dinner food is $2.9 billion1. We dug into the numbers and put together this infographic to illustrate the jaw-dropping amount of food we are talking about. For instance, the US produces 1.3 billion pounds of pumpkins annually2. To put that in perspective, an average adult humpback whale weighs in at 66,000 pounds (what?!), so total pumpkin production is equivalent to 19,042 adult humpback whales! It’s true. Check our math.

Check out our infographic to learn how many pounds of cranberries are produced each year, where most of the 51 million turkeys are coming from, and which state produces the most green beans.

Armed with these remarkable food facts, you will be the star conversationalist at this year’s Thanksgiving celebration!

Fun Food Facts About Thanksgiving Dinner - Infographic from

Some random morsels that didn’t make it on the infographic…

  • 39 million: number of families that will travel for Thanksgiving.
  • 37: number of places in the US named Plymouth.
  • 1941: the year Congress declared Thanksgiving a national holiday.
  • 3: number of days the first Thanksgiving lasted.
  • 3-in-1: number of birds making up the Turducken – a turkey stuffed with a duck stuffed with a chicken3. wishes you a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving!


1Thanksgiving Statistics,, research date 9/2/15.

2United States Department of Agriculture National Agriculture Statistics Service,, research date 11/18/15.

3Coolest Thanksgiving Facts,, research date 11/19/15.

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