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Thanksgiving Traditions Across The U.S.

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According to 38% of Americans, it takes about 4-5 hours to whip up the feast on average.

By Brianna Blair

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, which means it’s time to get your plans in order! What time will you eat? Who will you spend it with? What side dish is a must-have? What football games are you watching?

For this study, we surveyed Americans across the nation to map out how people spend their Thanksgiving in every U.S. state. Read on to find out what they had to say.

The Ideal Thanksgiving in Every U.S. State


Imagine a warm, cozy home filled with the mouthwatering scents of turkey and pumpkin pie. Laughter bounces off the walls, and the dining table stands like a feast waiting to happen. Outside, kids turn the lawn into a makeshift football field while fallen leaves add a touch of golden glam to the scene. In other words, the perfect Thanksgiving Day!

But what time should you aim to carve that turkey to sync up with the rest of America? Let’s dig into the details.

When it comes to turkey time, America has spoken. Our survey revealed that an overwhelming majority—32 states, to be exact—prefer to dig into their turkey feast mid-afternoon, specifically between 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM, or that sweet spot where the parade is over with, and everyone is ready to huddle around the table.

Meanwhile, early evening (4:00 PM – 6:00 PM) and early afternoon (12:00 PM – 2:00 PM) tie for second place, capturing the hearts (and stomachs) of residents in 6 states each. Whether you’re an early bird who prefers to start feasting sooner than later or someone who wants to wait until the sun sets, you’re in good company.


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