Thursday, November 22nd.

Yesterday was Thanksgiving Day. One of the most traditional of American holidays, it’s thought to have begun in 1621 in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The holiday became national in 1863, and the fourth Thursday of the month has been the official day since 1941. In many of the nation’s more than 117 million households, people will share a special meal, typically turkey with all the traditional trimmings. American farmers raise around 233 million turkeys annually, down from 293 million in 1995. Americans eat an average of 16.7 pounds of turkey each year, while the birds themselves have … or had … an average weight of 30 pounds.

The men and women of the U.S. Census Bureauwish you and your loved ones a joyful and peaceful Thanksgiving.

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