What's Open / What's Closed in New Canaan for Thanksgiving?

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  • Connecticut Lottery headquarters will close Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. "While the headquarters will not be open for business, the web site and automated phone system will be available to obtain information. Regularly scheduled lottery drawings will occur," according to a news release from the lottery.
  • Metro-North changes in service: "to help you 'take flight' we offer early getaway trains beginning at 12 noon. See a November 27 timetable for details or visit our Schedules page. Because of reduced ridership, some evening trains will be cancelled or combined."

Thanksgiving Day

  • "Darien YMCA [...] will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 5am to 12pm with limited fitness classes offered (see schedule)." (On the Home page of the Darien YMCA, the schedules are at the bottom of the blue box on the left.)
  • Some retail stores, convenience stores and gas stations
  • Darien North and Darien South rest stops on Interstate 95 and all other rest stops on the highway -- and they have electricity generators just in case the power goes out
  • "On Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28, we will operate a special holiday schedule with additional inbound trains for those of you heading to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and additional outbound service to get you home (or to whoever’s house you will be dining at) after the parade ends."
  • The New Canaan YMCA will close for Thanksgiving and reopen on Friday at 7:30 a.m. The Stamford YMCA will be closed for Thanksgiving

  • All schools, public and private
  • Government offices at the local, state and federal level
  • Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles offices
  • U.S. post offices
  • Libraries -- all of them
  • Most retail stores
  • Banks have the option of staying open or closed in Connecticut — in practice, all or nearly all are closed on Thanksgiving Day (and this is one of the five holidays this year that even TD Bank is closed)

Friday, Nov. 29

  • Connecticut AAA "will be open to process driver’s license renewals during their normal business hours on Friday."
  • Connecticut Lottery headquarters

"On the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov. 29, we will operate a Saturday schedule with additional inbound trains in the traditional AM Peak and from 10 a.m. – noon." (see schedule)

  • The New York Stock Exchange closes at 1 p.m. (details)

Saturday, Nov. 30

  • Connecticut AAA "will be open to process driver’s license renewals during their normal business hours on [...] Saturday."

"[O]n Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 30 - Dec. 1, we will provide regular weekend schedules with Shoppers’ Specials trains. [...] Off-peak fares are in effect for the entire four-day holiday, and you can take advantage of free parking at many of our stations. (Check signs at station lots, or call 511 for details. Outside of New York call 877-690-5114.)


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