Thanksgiving’s roots in the United States date back to 1863 when U. . S.. . President Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday of November « National Day of Thanksgiving ». « It was not until 1941 that Congress declared the fourth Thursday in November an official national holiday.
For Americans, Thanksgiving is traditionally a holiday full of food, family, and parades. This year things are likely to be scaled down in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. According to the Washington Post, health officials and experts advise caution with statewide hospitalizations with coronaviruses over 80. 000 and a number of 200. 000 cases a day.
In New Jersey, Gov. . Phil Murphy urges smaller dinners only with immediate household families. Gov. . Tom Wolf is asking Pennsylvania residents – on a recommendation rather than a statewide shutdown – to stay home whenever possible.
Since Thanksgiving always falls on a Thursday, many companies stay closed on Friday too, so workers can enjoy a four-day weekend. Here’s a look at what will be open and closed in Lehigh Valley on Thanksgiving and Black Friday:
All county and township offices in Northampton, Lehigh, and Warren counties will also be closed on Thursday November. 26, 2020. Northampton County will reopen its offices and court for normal business hours on Friday. The Lehigh County offices and court will remain open as of Friday, Jan.. Closed November and will reopen on Monday November. 30th. Warren County’s offices will also be closed on Friday. Operations were reduced overall due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a voice recording from the Warren County Court.
Most municipal offices in the Lehigh Valley and Northwest Jersey are also closed on Fridays, including Phillipsburg and the cities of Easton, Bethlehem and Allentown. Also closed on Fridays are Palmer Township, Forks Township and Wilson Borough, which will reopen on Monday.
The New York Stock Exchange is closed on Thursday, November. 26 and will be open from 9 a.m.. m. to 1 p. m. Friday, Nov.. . 27, said Peter Asch, corporate communications and archivist for the stock exchange.
Nasdaq is also closed Thursday November. 26, reopening at 9:30 a.m.. m. to 1 p. m. Friday, Nov.. . 27, said spokesman Matthew Sheahan.
Most banks are closed on Thursday, including Fulton Bank, Santander, Bank of America, TD Bank, and Wells Fargo. Online banking and ATMs will remain open, but transactions such as transfers may not show up until Friday November. 27.
Most Lehigh Valley supermarkets are open but have shorter hours. ShopRite, 4701 Freemansburg Ave.. . , in Bethlehem Township, is closed Thursday, November. 26, reopening from 7 a. m. to 9 p. m. on Friday, Nov. . 27.
The Nazareth and Surroundings Memorial Library will be closed on Thursday November. 26, 2020 and Friday, Nov. . 27, 2020. lehighvalleylive. com file photo
In New Jersey, four branches of the Warren County Library system will be closed on Thursday, November. 26 to Saturday, Nov.. . 28, reopening Monday, Nov.. . 30th.
The Phillipsburg Free Public Library will also be closed on Thursday, November. 26 to Saturday, Nov.. . 28, reopening Monday, Nov.. . 30; and the Hackettstown Free Public Library on Thursday, Nov.. . 26 and Friday, Nov.. . 27, reopening from 9 a. m. until noon Saturday, Nov.. . 28. The WH Walters Free Public Library in Alpha will be closed on Thursday, November. 26 to Monday, Nov. . 30, reopening Tuesday, Dec.. . 1.
In Pennsylvania, the Easton Area Public Library will be closed on Thursday, November. 26, reopening Friday, Nov.. . 27 with normal hours. The Allentown Public Library is closed on Thursday, November. 26, reopening Friday, Nov.. . 27 with reduced hours from 9 a. m. to 2 p. m. and also reduced hours from 9 a. m. to 2 p. m. Saturday, Nov.. . 28.
Both the main and Southside branches of the Bethlehem Library will be closed on Thursday November. 26 and Friday, Nov.. . 27.
The Nazareth and Surroundings Memorial Library will also be closed on Thursday November. 26 and Friday, Nov.. . 27, reopening Monday with reduced hours from 10 a.m.. m. to 3 p. m. The Mary Meuser Memorial Library in Wilson Borough will be closed on Thursday November. 28, reopening Friday, Nov.. . 29.
A LANTA bus in this 2018 file photo uses the route at the FedEx Ground distribution hub along Willow Brook Road in Allen Township. (Kurt Bresswein | For high valley life. com)
No LANtaBus or LANtaVan services will be available on Thursday November. 26th. All services will be on Friday the 27th. Resumed November, according to a normal operating schedule.
TransBridge on Thursday, Nov.. . 26 and Friday, Nov.. . 27 are used for these routes: Allentown / Clinton / New York East; Allentown / Clinton / New York West; Newark Airport East; and Newark Airport West. A full schedule for both days can be found here. There is no Doylestown / Flemington; JFK Airport; Wall street; or Wind Creek Bethlehem Casino Service at this time.
All New Jersey Department of Motor Vehicle offices will be closed on Thursday, November. 26, reopening Friday, Nov.. . 27.
All Pennsylvania Department of Transportation driver license and photo centers, including the full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed on Thursday, November. 26 and Friday Nov.. . 27, reopening during normal business hours on Monday, Nov.. . 30th.
Customers can continue to receive a wide variety of driver and vehicle products and services here, including all forms, publications, and driver training manuals. Online services can be used free of charge.
Most Lehigh Valley schools are closed on Thanksgiving and Friday, November. 27, 2020. Some are also closed on Monday, November. 30, 2020.
Most schools in the Lehigh Valley are closed on Thursday November. 26 and Friday, Nov.. . 27. Some school districts are closed Monday, November. 30, although white-tailed deer gun season now begins on the previous Saturday.
Some community centers in the Lehigh Valley will continue to hold tree lighting events amid the coronavirus pandemic. Social distancing, wearing face masks and other guidelines
Centers for disease control and prevention are established.
Most community centers are closed on Thursday, November. 26 but most open Friday, Nov.. . 27. In the past, many communities have held holiday tree lighting ceremonies on Friday, and some are still planning social distancing, wearing face masks, and other guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Forks Township is hosting its Christmas party and tree lighting from 5 p.m. this year. m. to 8 p. m. Dec. . 6 with the guidelines implemented, said Chris Pula, the community’s leisure manager. David Colver, chairman of the Palmer Township Board of Supervisors, said the Charles Chrin Community Center canceled its tree lighting ceremony this year. The Hanover Township Community Center is holding its tree lighting ceremony from 6 p.m.. m. to 8 p. m. Dec. . 4, according to the community center website.
Some restaurants are open on Thanksgiving, others are closed or have less hours. All in Pennsylvania will be 50% busy according to guidelines set by Gov. Tom Wolf.
Some restaurants and larger chains will remain open on Thanksgiving, but with reduced hours and 50% capacity, subject to government restrictions. wolf. Several mom and pops and smaller chains are closed. It’s best to call ahead to check opening times.
The 2020 holiday shopping season kicks off as shoppers wander the Palmer Park Mall in November. 19, 2020.
Most of the major retailers and malls in the Lehigh Valley chain are closing on Thanksgiving this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Walmart stores are closing for the first time since the late 1980s, and other retailers like Target, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Kohl’s, Best Buy, and Boscov’s quickly followed suit. Others closing their doors for the vacation include BJ’s Wholesale Club, Costco, Dicks Sporting Goods, Home Depot, JCPenney, Macy’s, Michaels, and Sam’s Club. The area’s major shopping destinations are also closed, including Lehigh Valley Mall in Whitehall Township, Palmer Park Mall in Palmer Township, and Promenade Shops in Saucon Valley in Upper Saucon Township.
Black Friday will officially take place on November. 27, but not all stores plan to be open during last year’s marathon hours, especially the smaller retailers in the area. Some have already started selling on Black Friday.
For early risers who don’t have to wait hours in socially distant rows to gain entry to a store, chains like Kohls will reportedly be open at 5 a.m.. m. ;; Best Buy opens at 5am. m. ;; The finish is open at 7 a.m.. m. ;; and Walmart will be open at 5am. m. On Friday, both Palmer Park Mall and Lehigh Valley Mall open at 6am. m. while the shops in the Promenade Shops vary. The promenade is open at 9 a.m.. m. on Black Friday, but some stores like Old Navy, Bath & Body Works, and American Eagle plan to open at 6am. m. , according to its website.
In Pennsylvania, gatherings must be indoors that can seat 0-2. 000 people can be used to 20%. 2. 000 to 10. 000 people must be occupied at 15%; and more than 10. 000 people must have a capacity of 10% with a maximum of 3. 750 people have, according to the latest restrictions set by the government. wolf.
In New Jersey, store and malls capacity is 50%, subject to the most recent restrictions set by Gov. Phil Murphy. However, New Jersey counties and boroughs now have the authority to stop the closings of non-essential businesses at Nov.. 00 o’clock. m. to slow the spread of the coronavirus under a new rule Murphy signed over the past few weeks as the Garden State deals with a second wave of the pandemic.
Other retailers like Walmart announced that employees would count customers in order to keep stores at the required capacity level.
U. . S.. . The post offices are closed Thursday November. 26 but open Friday, Nov.. . 27. There is no Thursday mail delivery except for the Priority Mail Express, said Desai Abdul-Razzaaq, a spokesman for the U. . S.. . Postal service.
Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores are closing for Thanksgiving in Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) Getty Images
On Thursday, Nov.. . 26, Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores will close in Pennsylvania. The liquor stores in New Jersey are privately owned and will likely close depending on the owner.
On Friday, Nov. . 27, some Pennsylvania stores will open and close with extended vacation periods, says the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. Branches and opening times are available at FineWineAndGoodSpirits. com.
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