President Biden Arrives On Nantucket For Thanksgiving Visit

Jason Graziadei •

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Air Force One at Nantucket Memorial Airport Tuesday night. Photo by Kit Noble

President Joe Biden and his family arrived on Nantucket Tuesday night aboard Air Force One just after 8 p.m. The massive aircraft touched down at Nantucket Memorial Airport without incident, and the presidential motorcade of Secret Service agents and Massachusetts State Police Troopers quickly transported the first family to Polpis Road and then Rabbit Run Road to the waterfront compound of private equity billionaire David Rubenstein.

The Bidens are renewing their tradition of spending the Thanksgiving holiday on the island, which they've been doing for more than 40 years. The family will also be gathering to celebrate Biden's 81st birthday, which was on Monday, with coconut cake, another family tradition.

On a windy and rainy Wednesday, Biden remained at the Rubenstein compound making calls to world leaders while his children and their families were spotted in downtown Nantucket shopping and getting coffee and smoothies.

On Thanksgiving, Biden and First Lady Jill Biden made a brief visit to the Nantucket firehouse to deliver pumpkin pies. They spoke to fire chief Michael Cranson, and Biden answered a few questions from reporters as he left. 

While they didn't attend the Cold Turkey Plunge at Children's Beach Thanksgiving morning, it appears the first family did their own plunge into the cold waters of Nantucket Harbor at the Abram's Point compound:

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The Bidens are expected to visit the downtown area on Friday before attending the annual tree lighting ceremony on Main Street that begins at 4 p.m.

The presidential security entourage has been building on the island over the past five days - with multiple C-17 Globemasters and other aircraft delivering vehicles, equipment and supplies to Nantucket Memorial Airport. A large contingent of Massachusetts State Police Troopers arrived on the island by ferry on Monday. Island hotels are once again filled with those Secret Service agents, government personnel, State Troopers, and off-island media.

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Photo by Kit Noble
Photo by Kit Noble
Photo by Kit Noble
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