11.23.2020 News Release: Thanksgiving Day Office Closure

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John Day, Prairie City and Hines, OR. – All Malheur National Forest offices will be closed Thursday, November 26, including virtual services, in observance of the Thanksgiving Day Holiday.  All offices will resume virtual services starting at 8 am, Friday, November 27.

Thanksgiving was declared a national holiday officially in 1863 by President Abraham Lincoln.  He scheduled Thanksgiving for the final Thursday in November, and it was celebrated on that day every year until 1939, when Franklin D. Roosevelt moved the holiday up a week in an attempt to spur retail sales during the Great Depression.  President Roosevelt's plan, known as Franskgiving, was met with passionate opposition, and in 1941 the president reluctantly signed a bill making Thanksgiving the fourth Thursday in November.  -information from history.com

Please plan accordingly for any of your Malheur National Forest needs.  For questions or more information please visit:  https://www.fs.usda.gov/malheur/ or call our offices at:

Supervisors Office/Blue Mountain Ranger District:  541-575-3000.

Prairie City Ranger District:  541-820-3800

Emigrant Creek Ranger District:  541-573-4300