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]
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
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.