Thanksgiving Day Five: What's Closed, History Brief, Yard Waste Pickup Catching Up

Happy Thanksgiving, Woonsocket - here are some things to know:

What It's About: Today is Thanksgiving Day in the United States, the 149th year that it's been celebrated as a national holiday. President Abraham Lincoln started the official holiday in 1863, though the tradition of the Thanksgiving feast is traced to 1621 in Plymouth, MA.

What's Closed: Woonsocket schools and town offices (except for police and fire services) are closed today and tomorrow, as is the Woonsocket Harris Public Library. Trash and recycling pickup will be delayed one day, with Thursday's collection moved to Friday, and Friday's pickup set for Saturday. 

Yard waste - DPW's Mike Debroisse says the department is still catching up on yard waste pickup, which is about one day behind. He said that by Saturday they should be on schedule for anthing left out this week.

Historical Perspective: Want to learn more about the holiday from where it started? Check out the Plimoth Plantation Thanksgiving web page, which explains the development of the modern holiday and offers lots of links and activities for readers of all ages.

For The Kids: The National Geographic Kids web page has more information, online games, and craft ideas to keep the kids' hands busy while the turkey's roasting. 


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