Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day: Here’s What’s Open and What’s Closed

By Paul Riegler on 22 November 2017
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Tomorrow, Thursday, is Thanksgiving in the United States, a national day of giving thanks for the harvest and the preceding year.

George Washington, at the urging of Congress, issued a proclamation on October 3, 1789 that designated Thursday, November 26 as a national day of thanks, noting that “both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me to recommend to the People of the United States, a Day of Public Thanksgiving and Prayer.”

The proclamation, however, did not make Thanksgiving a recurring holiday and it was not until the presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt that the tradition of observing Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November came about.

Here’s what you need to know about what’s open for business and operating in the United States – and what isn’t – on Thursday.

GOVERNMENT OFFICES All Federal government offices are closed on Thursday, as will be almost all city and state offices.

POST OFFICE No regular mail delivery except for Priority Mail Express, formerly known as Express Mail. Regular service resumes on Friday.

BANKS Financial institutions have the option to close. Almost all will.

SCHOOLS Closed on Thursday and Friday in almost all jurisdictions.

FINANCIAL MARKETS The nation’s stock and bond markets will be closed on Thursday.

TRANSPORTATION Most local transportation systems, such as buses, subways, and commuter rail systems, will operate on Sunday or holiday schedules Thursday with normal service on Friday. Airports are open although most flyers will make it over the river and through the woods in advance of the holiday. Expect traffic on the roads Thursday as people drive to grandmother’s house.

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