Thanksgiving Eve gives a boost to area business

Karen Tararache
Created: November 27, 2019 11:40 PM

SARATOGA SPRINGS - The day before Thanksgiving typically means, for most, sitting in traffic or having to contend with more cars on the road than usual.

"We came up I-88 and it was clear until we hit I-90 and then it was pretty heavy," Mark Fraser said.


According to AAA, 55 million Americans will either drive or fly to get to their thanksgiving day destinations. Like the Gleck family and their dog Lucky who are making the 7 hour trek from Buffalo to New Jersey.

"Usually our dad puts on a podcast and we listen to music and try to go to sleep and play on our phones," Ben Gleck said. 

But for the families who don't have to or choose to travel far, local businesses reap the benefits

"I think a lot of people are gonna be coming out generally. Regardless, it is a big holiday, kind of festivity event so to speak, and it's just carried on throughout the years," Brad Armstrong said.

"It's the big, when everyone comes home from school or work and goes out the night before. We're here pretty early we're going to have to go home and nap and then we'll go back out," Alessandra Smith said.

Best friends Alessandra Smith and Grace Meehan are enjoying catching up.

"It's fine everyone's home we're home from college we get to see each other and stuff and we get to see your family it's a time to bring everyone together," Meehan said.

Meanwhile, across the street at The Bourbon Room. 

"I met up with a friend that I haven't seen in a couple of years and it seems like a cool place to come hang out, they have a great happy hour," Shannon Andi said.

So as the drinks flow and the laughs never end, there's this reminder from Mothers Against Drunk Driving, plan ahead to get home safe.

"If you're not from Saratoga come up and visit, if you are, you live in a pretty cool town. If not, Happy Thanksgiving and get stuffed on turkey. Whoo," Peter Wallace said. 

According to Beer Board, in 2018 Thanksgiving Eve, beer sales saw an increase of more than 70 percent in the northeast, the most than in any other part of the country, compared to the Wednesday of the previous week.

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