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Thanksgiving is just a few short days away, continuing the tradition of being a national holiday that was established in 1863 by President Abraham Lincoln. While the first Thanksgiving was observed through a 1789 proclamation by President George Washington, it didn’t become an official holiday until Lincoln was in office.

With the holiday coming up this week, here’s a list of services that will be opened or closed on Thursday.


  • Local town and clerks offices
  • The post office with no mail being delivered
  • Urgent cares (Including Fanny Allen, ClearChoiceMD, Concentra, Northwestern, and Champlain Medical which is also closed Friday)
  • Banks
  • Courts
  • Schools
  • U.S. stock markets
  • Federal offices
  • Garbage pickup; see details about Chittenden Solid Waste District facility hours below.


  • Emergency services including police departments, fire departments, and rescue services, as well as the emergency department at hospitals.
  • Select grocery and “dollar” stores -- possibly with limited hours; call ahead before visiting specific locations to see if-and-when they are open.
  • Gas stations and certain coffee-type shops -- possibly with limited hours.

Chittenden Solid Waste District (CSWD) Thanksgiving Week Hours

Wednesday, Nov. 25

  • Environmental Depot (hazardous waste drop-off): Open 8 a.m. -- 12 p.m. by appointment only. Visit the linked page to make an appointment.

  • Green Mountain Compost: Open 8 a.m. -- 12 p.m. (Residential food scrap drop-off has moved to the Drop-Off Center at 1492 Redmond Rd.)

  • CSWD Drop-Off Centers are on regular schedules.

Thursday, Nov. 26 (Thanksgiving Day)

  • All CSWD facilities are closed.

Friday, Nov. 27

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