From 1935 to 1974, the Slatington and Palmerton high school football teams played on Thanksgiving Day (with one exception because of weather). These games were part of the continuing sports rivalry between the two towns that spanned most of the twentieth century.
While the two high schools, now known today as Northern Lehigh High School and Palmerton Area High School, still play an annual football game, usually the last game of the regular season, the Thanksgiving Day rivalry ended in 1974 after forty years of games. The final record was 24 wins for Palmerton, 14 wins for Slatington and 2 ties.
Here I explore that Thanksgiving football rivalry.
The football fields
Slatington v Palmerton since 1974