2017 Thanksgiving by the Numbers

November 22, 2017
The first Thanksgiving celebration, in 1621, was a three-day harvest feast shared by settlers in the Plymouth Colony and members of the Wampanoag tribe. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday. Since then, each Thanksgiving millions of Americans gather around the table to feast on Turkey and spend time with their family and friends. Here's a look at America's second favorite holiday by the numbers. Thanksgiving dinner • Average number of calories consumed on Thanksgiving: 4,500 • Time it takes the average male to burn 4,500 calories: 10 hours and 41 minutes • Average cost of a 10-person Thanksgiving dinner: $49.87 • Average cost of a 16-pound whole frozen turkey: $17 • Estimated amount spent on Thanksgiving turkeys each year: $780+ million Thanksgiving shopping trends • Average person's Thanksgiving weekend spending: $289+ • Number of people who shopped over Thanksgiving weekend 2016: 154 million • Amount spent online over Thanksgiving weekend in 2016: $5.27 billion • Thanksgiving greeting cards exchanged each year: 16 million Thanksgiving entertainment • Year the Thanksgiving football tradition began (Yale vs. Princeton): 1876 • First year NFL games were played on Thanksgiving: 1920 • Year of the first Macy's Parade: 1924 • Distance of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade route: 2.65 miles • Number of spectators that attend the parade each year: three million • Estimated number of TV viewers: 50 million Thanksgiving travel and safety • Number of Americans who will travel this Thanksgiving holiday: 48.7 million (the most since 2007) • Percentage of travelers who will drive to their destinations: 89.4 percent • Most popular destination via air travel: 1- Las Vegas, 2- San Francisco, 3- San Diego • Estimated number of traffic fatalities each Thanksgiving weekend: 437 • Property loss caused by residential building fires each Thanksgiving: $28 million Information provided by financial website WalletHub.