32 Thanksgiving Trivia Questions (Ranked From Easiest to Hardest)

Updated Date:
January 6, 2023
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Now, onto the Thanksgiving trivia!

32 Thanksgiving Trivia Questions Ranked From Easiest to Hardest (Updated for 2023)

  1. What ingredient links a sauce served during Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, a popular variety of Wensleydale cheese, and a cocktail featured prominently in the series "Sex and the City?"

    Answer: Cranberries

  2. What autumn holiday was described by writer O. Henry as "the one day that is purely American?"

    Answer: Thanksgiving

  3. Whether you make it yourself with fresh tart red berries or get the stuff in a can, what’s the name given to the jam-like, relish-esque side dish that’s a Thanksgiving favorite?

    Answer: Cranberry Sauce

  4. In 2011, an online petition was started to protest what oft-decried rock band from providing the halftime entertainment of a Thanksgiving NFL game in Detroit? More than 50,000 people signed the petition. The band's name is also a football-related term.

    Answer: Nickelback

  5. Way before Plymouth, Spanish explorers celebrated a Thanksgiving feast with the Timicua, near the eventual site of the Castillo de San Marcos in what Atlantic Coast state?

    Answer: Florida

  6. In what decade did both the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and America’s Thanksgiving Parade start?

    Answer: 1920's

  7. What landmark NYC event began as a way to celebrate Christmas and as a retail expansion in 1924 before shifting earlier in the annual calendar by 1927?

    Answer: Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

  8. Eating a bucket of KFC will make you just as sleepy as a big ol' helping of Thanksgiving turkey, since most poultry contains about the same amount of what T-word amino acid?

    Answer: Tryptophan

  9. Used as a punishment in the 2018 film "The Secret Life of Bees" and as a critical plot point in 1992's "My Cousin Vinny," what dish of boiled cornmeal came from a Native American Muskogee tribe's recipe in the 16th century?

    Answer: Grits

  10. A Mr. Bean Christmas special bit inspired a "Friends" Thanksgiving gag of what sandwich-lovin' character getting his head stuck in a turkey?

    Answer: Joey

  11. How do both Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and America’s Thanksgiving Parade conclude?

    Answer: With the arrival of Santa Claus

  12. There is a Native American tribe that viewed owls as a protective symbol from danger. This tribe share its name with the setting of the TV show "Parks and Recreation." What is this tribe?

    Answer: Pawnee

  13. In 1870, which president who was a commanding general during the Civil War signed legislation to make Thanksgiving, Independence Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day federal holidays?

    Answer: Ulysses S. Grant

  14. Don't say turkey: Vaccinium macrocarpon is the scientific name of what Thanksgiving staple?

    Answer: Cranberry

  15. How many days did the first Thanksgiving celebration last?

    Answer: 3

  16. What is the wobbly red piece of flesh on top of the beak of a turkey?

    Answer: A snood

  17. What are turkey chicks called?

    Answer: Pults or turkeylings

  18. Filmed on Thanksgiving by Martin Scorsese, "The Last Waltz" is a classic concert film about what classic rock band with about the most generic name ever?

    Answer: The Band

  19. "The One With the Embryos," "The One With All the Thanksgivings," and "The One After Vegas" are notable episode titles from what long-running sitcom?

    Answer: Friends

  20. The doughy mascot associated with canned biscuits, crescent rolls, and other unbaked confectionery has appeared as a balloon in Macy's Thanksgiving Day parades since 2009. What brand, featured in his name, does he represent?

    Answer: Pillsbury

  21. Rory and Lorelai work to squeeze in four holiday dinners in "A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving," an episode from what TV series?

    Answer: Gilmore Girls

  22. What is the earliest date on which the American federal holiday of Thanksgiving can fall?

    Answer: 45252

  23. What year was the celebration that is most commonly considered to be the first Thanksgiving?

    Answer: 1621

  24. Under which president did Thanksgiving become an annual holiday?

    Answer: Abraham Lincoln

  25. Thanksgiving in the USA is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November, but when is Canada’s Thanksgiving?

    Answer: The second Monday of October

  26. A 1970 speech given by the Native American activist Frank "Wamsutta" James in Plymouth, Massachusetts marked the inaugural National Day of Mourning demonstration. On what important day in the American calendar does this demonstration take place annually?

    Answer: Thanksgiving

  27. What president officially made Thanksgiving a US national holiday, marking the last Thursday in November on everybody’s calendar? This president had particular pressure to bring the country together for a friendly dinner.

    Answer: Abraham Lincoln

  28. What state raises the most turkeys?

    Answer: Minnesota

  29. Which president was the first to give a turkey a presidential pardon?

    Answer: Ronald Reagan

  30. Who directed the 1986 film "Planes, Trains and Automobiles", which showcased the disasters of Thanksgiving weekend traveling that starred John Candy and Steve Martin?

    Answer: John Hughes

  31. In what century were the first pumpkin pies as we know them made?

    Answer: 17th century

  32. According to the Lydia Child poem "Thanksgiving Day," it's just "over the river, and through the wood" to reach the house of what relative?

    Answer: Grandfather

What makes Thanksgiving trivia so engaging?

For one, it's a holiday that everyone can relate to.

Thanksgiving is a time when friends and family come together to feast on delicious food and share memories.

It's also a time to reflect on what we're grateful for.

This holiday spirit makes Thanksgiving the perfect time to host a trivia night.

Not only will you be able to bond with your loved ones, but you'll also be able to test your knowledge of all things Thanksgiving.

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