Warwick, RI — Thursday, Nov. 28, is Thanksgiving Day, the annual holiday that traces its roots back to the Pilgrims in the 1620s, and is marked by feasting and celebration.
Here are a few Thanksgiving facts to impress the family:
- The date of Thanksgiving wasn’t formalized until Reconstruction in the 1870s; before that, states observed the holiday on different days. President Abraham Lincoln set Thanksgiving to the last Thursday in November in 1863, but Southern states rejected the idea at the time.
- President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a Congressional resolution on the day after Christmas in 1941 that set Thanksgiving to the fourth Thursday of November.
- President George Washington declared the first national Thanksgiving holiday, on Nov. 26, 1789. [source: Wikipedia]
There are a couple of Thanksgiving events in Warwick, too, including the 5K Turkey Trot to benefit local schools [8 a.m., Warwick City Park] and the annual Pilgrim-Warwick Vets football game [10 a.m., Pilgrim High School].
TF Green State Airport is operating, with arrival and departure schedules online.
Banks are also closed.
If you’re trying to see if a local restaurant is open, search by type and location on Warwick Post Directory for addresses and phone numbers.
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