Here's some background information about Thanksgiving Day, celebrated in the United States on the fourth Thursday in November. In 2017, Thanksgiving is Nov. 23.
About 50.9 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles or more for Thanksgiving in 2017, a more than 2 million increase from 2016, according to AAA.
According to the USDA, 244 million turkeys are expected to be raised in the United States in 2016.
A total of 859 million pounds of cranberries are expected to be produced in the United States in 2016.
More than 3 billion pounds of sweet potatoes are again expected to be produced in the United States in 2017.
If Ben Franklin had his way, the turkey would be our national bird. An eagle, he wrote in a letter to his daughter, had "bad moral character." A turkey, on the other hand, was a "much more respectable bird."
Only male turkeys, called toms, gobble. Females, called hens, cackle.
There are four places in the United States named Turkey. Louisiana's Turkey Creek is the most populous, with a whopping 435 residents. There's also Turkey, Texas; Turkey, North Carolina; and Turkey Creek, Arizona. There are also two townships in Pennsylvania: the creatively named Upper Turkeyfoot and Lower Turkeyfoot.
The president traditionally receives a turkey in a ceremony at the White House a few days before Thanksgiving Day. President Harry S Truman started the tradition and President George H. W. Bush was the first to pardon the bird and not eat it.
The first Thanksgiving was observed in Plymouth in 1621. A good harvest led Massachusetts Governor William Bradford to plan a festival to give thanks. Around 90 Native Americans attended.
President George Washington issued a proclamation in 1789 naming Nov. 26 a day of national thanksgiving.
On Oct. 3, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November as a national day of thanksgiving.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving Day one week earlier in 1939 to boost the Christmas shopping season.
In 1941, Congress ruled that the fourth Thursday in November would be observed as Thanksgiving Day and a federal legal holiday.