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What’s Open and Closed on Thanksgiving Day

President Franklin D. Roosevelt carves the White House turkey on Nov. 20, 1933. FDR later signed the law setting Thanksgiving to the fourth Thursday in November.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt carves the White House turkey on Nov. 20, 1933. FDR later signed the law setting Thanksgiving to the fourth Thursday in November.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt carves the White House turkey on Nov. 20, 1933. FDR later signed the law setting Thanksgiving to the fourth Thursday in November.

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]

In Warwick, city hall and the school department are closed for the holiday, with schools also closed on Friday. Trash and recycling are delayed one day.

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].

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Public transit company RIPTA is following holiday routes on Thursday. Check the RIPTA website for schedules.

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.

And, once you’re done sleeping off the turkey, check out our list of Black Friday store opening times — or find where you can take part in Buy Nothing Day in Warwick.

Joe Hutnak
Author: Joe Hutnak

Co-Founder and Editor-at-Large of Warwick Post. For Warwick Post-related inquiries or communications, email editorjoe.warwick@gmail.com

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