On Thursday, Nov. 24, millions of Americans will gather around the dinner table — or the TV — to enjoy the staples that have made this holiday such a beloved one: turkey, stuffing, gravy and whatever other family traditions and favorites belong on the dinner plate.
The first Thanksgiving dinner — which was celebrated as an autumn harvest feast — was held nearly 400 years ago, in November 1621. That winter before, the Mayflower arrived in America and settled on land they called Plymouth, now in Massachusetts.
After the Pilgrims found success with their first corn harvest, Governor William Bradford planned a feast to celebrate and invited the colony's Native American allies. The celebration lasted three days and our Thanksgiving tradition grew from that point on.
The holiday is now celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November. It's also one of 10 federal holidays. As a federal holiday, it joins many other organizations — such as schools, government offices, banks and some businesses — that are closed for the day, meaning the majority of American workers will have Thanksgiving Day off.
Many banks will be closed in observance of the holiday, though customers will still be able to access their online banking accounts and may be able to get customer service over the phone. Check out this list of major banks that will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and plan ahead so that any of your banking needs are handled before it's time to cook the turkey.
Banks Closed on Thanksgiving Day 2016
All the banks we contacted verified that they will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, meaning customers won't be able to fulfill any of their banking needs in person. Luckily, many transactions, deposits and other banking needs can be completed online easily and quickly.
Bank of America
Bank of the West
BBVA Compass Bank
BMO Harris Bank
Capital One Bank
Fifth Third Bank
First Niagara Bank
Huntington State Bank
People's United Bank
Banks Open on Thanksgiving
None of the banks contacted will have standalone branches open on Thanksgiving, though some branches inside grocery stores may still be open. It's always best to contact your bank before making a visit to the branch if it's on any sort of special holiday, especially Thanksgiving.
Although you may not be able to visit your bank's branches on Thanksgiving Day, banks return to their regular schedule the day after Thanksgiving, meaning customers don't have to wait too long before completing all their banking needs.
Now see the restaurants open on Thanksgiving:
23 restaurants open on Thanksgiving 2016
23 restaurants open on Thanksgiving 2016
Most locations will be open, but they generally close early. Call ahead for hours.
2. Black Angus Steakhouse
You can make reservations for Thanksgiving dinner at Black Angus Steakhouse, and all locations will open at 11 a.m.Dinner entails a choice of soup or salad, roasted turkey and sides, as well as pumpkin pie for dessert, all for $18.99 if you’re an adult, and $9.99 for kids.
3. Bob Evans
Bob Evans recently hosted its Sausage Selection Election for the 2016 Presidential Election. On Thanksgiving, the restaurant is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at select locations. Hours might vary.
4. Bonefish Grill
Bonefish Grill closes early on Thanksgiving 2016, at either 7 p.m. or 9 p.m., depending on the location.
5. Buca di Beppo
On Thanksgiving, Buca di Beppo opens at 11 a.m. Throughout the holiday season, the restaurant is open to parties and events, including catering as well as delivery.
6. Capital Grille
Capital Grille will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving this year, and offers quite a menu. For $38, adults get roasted turkey with brioche stuffing, French green beans with Marcona almonds and cranberry pear chutney, as well as mashed potatoes to share. Thanksgiving dinner for kids is just $15.
7. Claim Jumper
Claim Jumper is definitely open Thanksgiving 2016, and offers a diverse selection of entrees, including roasted turkey dinner for $24.99, ham dinner for $24.99, roasted tri-tip for $25.99, as well as prime rib and seafood meals. Call your location for hours, menu and reservations.
8. Country Cookin
Country Cookin is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. except for the Harrisonburg’s Valley Mall location, and will be featuring turkey with stuffing and gravy, or ham with baked, spiced apples. The good news: both Thanksgiving entrees come with all-you-can-eat servings of salads and sides.
9. Cracker Barrel
Cracker Barrel is open every day except for Christmas. On Thanksgiving Day, hours vary by location.
Following their regular schedule and staying open 24 hours.
11. Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Open for Thanksgiving this year for the first time ever, beginning at 11 a.m.
12. Golden Corral
Golden Corral will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. this Thanksgiving, and offers its signature Thanksgiving Day Buffet, featuring a vast menu of dishes.
Most restaurants will be open on Thanksgiving, but hours vary by location.
14. Maggiano's Little Italy
Call your location for hours, prices and reservations.
15. Marie Callender's Restaurant
For hours and reservations, call ahead on Thanksgiving. Marie Callender's will feature five Thanksgiving feasts that you can order and reheat yourself. If you dine-in at the restaurant, adult Thanksgiving dinner costs $19.99 and kids dinner $8.99.
16. Mimi's Cafe
Mimi's Cafe is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and also offers a special Chef-Prepared-Take-Home Thanksgiving dinner.
17. Romano's Macaroni Grill
Open from 12 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., but times may vary by location.
18. Ruby Tuesday
Most locations open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., call ahead for details.
19. Ruth's Chris Steakhouse
Most will open at 12 p.m., but check your specific location. Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse will feature a three course turkey dinner for $39.95 for adults, while the children’s menu costs $12.95.
20. Ted's Montana Grill
Select locations are open on Thanksgiving, so call ahead for hours, pricing and reservations. Ted’s Montana Grill has put together a classy Thanksgiving Day dinner menu, which includes roast turkey and gravy with garlic mashed potatoes, herb dressing, carrots, squash casserole and cranberry sauce, plus Ted’s famous Apple Pecan Crisp for $29. The restaurant also boasts featured wines on Thanksgiving.
21. T.G.I. Friday's
The restaurant will open at 5 p.m. in most cases, but call ahead to make sure.
22. Waffle House
All Waffle House locations are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, including Thanksgiving 2016.
23. Churchill Downs
Churchill Downs has a race day program starting at 11:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Admission price is $38.00 per person, which includes a three-hour "Chef's Table" buffet with soft drinks.