What’s Open & Closed In MA On Turkey Day
I can attest to the fact that Thanksgiving has NEVER been one of my top 5 holidays as it's just another day to overeat, but only you can control how much food will be on your dinner plate. The highlight is spending this final Thursday in November with people who are near and dear to you, so keep the turkey and trimmings in the back burner and try to enjoy the day. But we want you to know some business and services will be unavailable until Friday morning, so keep that in mind.
Here is a list of what is CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day (November 23rd) throughout The Berkshires and The Bay State and our neighboring areas in Eastern New York and North Western Connecticut:
State, Federal and Municipal Offices
Banks and Other Financial Institutions
There is NO mail delivery on Thursday
No BRTA bus service as the transit company will resume normal operations on Friday, November 24th. Check out their web site as they could be on a holiday schedule for Black Friday.
Some area supermarkets have opted to close on Thursday, so you better stock up between now and Wednesday because if you wait until the last minute, you will truly be out of luck. Normal hours will resume on Friday. Hours may vary at Price Chopper locations throughout our tri-state region. On your next visit, ask an associate if this supermarket will keep it's doors open.
Some grocery store chains that will allow employees to spend the day with either family or friends include Big Y, Stop & Shop, Shaws and Whole Foods. As you know, shopping can be a royal pain in the you know what, but make sure you head over and get what's needed for Turkey Day as the aim is make your annual gathering a success.
You’re not getting anything accomplished on Thanksgiving morning without that much-needed caffeine fix. Good news for Dunkin customers: They will be open at least during the morning hours as they'll have an option to close earlier than usual on Thursday. the same mode applies for area Starbucks patrons. Again, check you nearest location for their holiday schedule. Cumberland Farms will keep it's doors open with regular hours.
If you are looking for a chance to indulge in fast food, good news. McDonalds, Burger King, Wendy's and some Subway shops are available to serve you, but once again, hours can vary. So for those who crave a Big Mac, Whopper or Frosty, I guess you're in luck.
Liquor stores are closed on Thanksgiving Day. Stock up on your favorite libations before Thursday and you'll be good to go. Remember: Moderation is the key and please, DON'T drink and drive as you will wind up in the clink and you'll have a blemish on your driving record. In three words: Exercise Common Sense!
Drug stores and pharmacies will operate on regular hours as most CVS stores will be open but some may be closed or have limited hours. Walgreens stores will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Locally owned pharmacies will close for the day and re-open on Friday morning.
In the wonderful world of retail, both Target and Walmart are closed on Thanksgiving. They'll reopen at 6 a.m. for Black Friday sales.
If dining out is an option, some restaurants will open, but many will be closed to give employees the day off. if the doors are open, some places may have special menus for meals to heat at home to boost your Thanksgiving spread. Just think: you won't have to spend the day cooking and that's a good thing in my eyes!
BOTTOM LINE: Enjoy the day and to those who are working this Thursday, if it's a consolation, I'll also be on the job during the morning hours, so you are NOT alone!
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