What's open in Boston on Thanksgiving, 2013? What's closed?
Do I have to feed the parking meters? What about street sweeping? Are the liquor stores and packies open? When do I put out my trash? And, what changes are there to the MBTA schedules?
We have the answers for you, all organized on one post that we'll update as new information comes our way.
Here's a rundown of what's open in Boston on Thanksgiving, November 28, 2013.
We post these rundowns early, when we notice our readers looking for the information on older posts. Because it's early, we will update as new information is announced. So, bookmark this page and check back. We'll send out notice of updates on Twitter.
Restaurants, bars: Many will be open, check for special hours and menus. Here's our post on where to dine out on Thanksgiving.
Convenience stores: Many are open, check for special hours
Supermarkets: Closeddue toMassachusetts "Blue Laws" (scroll to the bottom of the page)
Retail stores: Closeddue toMassachusetts "Blue Laws"
Liquor stores: Closeddue toMassachusetts "Blue Laws"
Financial Services: As the British would say, this is a Bank Holiday with both banks and the stock markets in the United State closed. International markets are open.
City, Town, State, and Federal offices and facilities are closed: This includes Schools, Libraries, and the Postal Service. Only emergency services are available.
Parking & Street Sweeping
Boston Parking: You don't have to feed the meters. Other parking rules apply.
Street Sweeping: The city says, "Daytime street sweeping is suspended on city holidays, but nighttime sweeping schedules remain in effect. Constituents are advised to call 617-635-4500 for exact details."
Trash Collection & Recycling
Boston Trash Collection for Thanksgiving week – The city says:
"Thursday, November 28, 7am – Saturday, November 30, 2013, 5pm"
"Delay trash and recycling pickup 1 day only if you live in South Boston, Allston, Brighton, Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain*, Mattapan, Roslindale, or West Roxbury AND your trash and recycling is normally collected on Thursday or Friday. *If you live in Jamaica Plain and your trash is picked up 2 times per week, do not delay."
Two Hours of Free Metered Parking
And the city has issued a press release with additional parking information for the shopping season.
"The City of Boston will be offering two hours of free parking at the City's parking meters on the following six days this holiday season.
- Friday, November 29
- Saturday, November 30
- Saturday, December 7
- Saturday, December 14
- Saturday, December 21
- Saturday, December 28
While payment at meters will not be required on these six days, the time limit on the meters will be in effect and enforced in order to give as many visitors as possible a chance to take advantage of this opportunity. Parking at the vast majority of Boston's parking meters is limited to two hours. However, at parking meters where the time limit is four hours, vehicles may park for free for up to four hours on these six days."
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MBTA Schedule Changes
Here is the link to the MBTA schedule changes. This link will change sometime before the holiday. We have created a PDF version of the page that for the weekend that you can download if you wish.
For further information check with the MBTA Customer Communications Department at 617-222-3200, TTY 617-222-5146, or visit them at: www.mbta.com.
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