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What’s open, what’s closed for Thanksgiving

Sentinel Media Co.
Posted 11/23/22

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day — here's a bit of history on the day as well as what is open and closed.

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What’s open, what’s closed for Thanksgiving


Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day — a day to cook for hours, eat for 20 minutes and then spend several hours washing dishes, unless you have a dishwasher — or two if you can pry the Apple iPhone13 out of their hot little hands.

Thanksgiving was proclaimed a national holiday by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, who put pen to paper to decree a national day to give thanks to be held each November. Seven score and 19 years later, Honest Abe would probably just send it out in a Tweet.

The holiday feast actually got cooking two centuries earlier when, in 1621, the Plymouth colonists and members of the Wampanoag tribe shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations.

The pilgrims had survived a rough and treacherous journey from Europe to the New World in 1620 (those of us who’ve traversed a snowy Route 49 from Rome to Utica can relate) and, with some help from the Native Americans, those intrepid settlers who survived their first brutal months in their new surroundings — about half of the 102 that originally made it to landfall — gave thanks that they didn’t starve, succumb to disease or have to work the early Black Friday shift.

All things that still resonate today.

In that tradition, most businesses and organizations are closed on Thursday. Here’s a look at what’s open and closed on Thanksgiving:

Banks are closed Thursday, and some bank lobbies and/or drive-thru lanes will remain closed on Friday. Check with your specific bank’s website to see if your bank has Friday hours.

Financial markets are closed Thursday and will reopen for shorter hours on Friday.

City, county, state, town, village and federal offices are closed Thursday and Friday.

The area’s public libraries, including Jervis Public Library in Rome and the Utica Public Library are closed Thursday. Some local libraries will reopen for Friday and Saturday while others will be closed. Check your library’s website to see if it offers Friday or weekend hours.

There is no mail Thursday as post offices are closed. Subsequently, dear readers, there will be no Daily Sentinel that day although some fresh content will arrive, like pumpkin pie, on our website on Thanksgiving Day (whipped cream and ice cream not included).

If you forgot the dessert, chances are you won’t be able to pick any up at the local supermarket as most are closed. Some convenience stores are open normal hours while others will shorten their Thursday hours. For the record, Moose Tracks pairs nicely with apple pie.

City of Rome trash pickup will be one day late with normal Thursday pickup on Friday and normal Friday pickup moved to Saturday. Some private haulers may work on a different schedule.

Centro will not operate on Thursday in observance of Thanksgiving. Friday buses will operate on normal schedules. For information, call 315-336-5310 or visit Centro’s website:

There will be a full slate of National Football League fare on TV on Thursday. If, for some reason, the Bills vs. the Lions (12:30 p.m., CBS) doesn’t catch your fancy, anyone with an Apple ID can watch “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” for free from now through Sunday, Nov. 27. If you own an Apple device, you have one, but if not, Apple IDs are free and you don’t need a credit card to sign up. Once you have signed up, you can watch in a number of ways: Though the TV app on an iPhone, iPad, or Mac. On smart TVs with the Apple TV app or on the web at

For those non-football or Snoopy fans, all is not lost. That holiday classic, “The Outlaw Josey Wales,” can be streamed for free on several difference services if, of course, like our ancestors, you “endeavor to persevere.”


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