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  • What’s Open and Closed on Thanksgiving Day, 2017

    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 — Today, Nov. 23, is Thanksgiving Day, the annual holiday tracing its roots back to the Pilgrims in the 1620s, marked by feasting and celebration, giving thanks, and, local traditions: the annual football game and Turkey Trot Road Race.

    First, 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.

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

    TF Green State Airport is operating, with arrival and departure schedules online.

    The Post Office is closed, as are banks.

    Buy Nothing Day Friday, Nov. 24

    Several sites across the state are hosting Buy Nothing Day, an annual clothing swap that highlights “how consumerism is a dead end,” according to Prosperity for RI.

    In Warwick, Kent County YMCA, 900 Centerville Road, is your location for drop-off and pick-up of winter coats, jackets, vests, hats, gloves, and scarves.

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