In afternoon, the President will pardon the National Thanksgiving Turkey in a ceremony in the Rose Garden. The President will celebrate the 69th anniversary of the National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation, reflect upon the time-honored traditions of Thanksgiving, and wish American families a safe and healthy holiday. The 2016 National Thanksgiving Turkey and its alternate were hatched and raised in Iowa. This ceremony is open press.
The Vice President and Dr. Biden will be in Nantucket, Massachusetts. There are no public events scheduled.
Later in the afternoon, the First Family will participate in a service event in the Washington, DC area. There will be travel pool coverage.
All times ET
The President pardons the National Thanksgiving Turkey
Rose GardenOpen Press (Pre-Set 1:45PM, Final Gather 2:10PM – North Doors of the Palm Room)
The First Family participates in a service event
Washington, DC areaIn-Town Pool Coverage (Final Gather 3:55 PM – North Doors of the Palm Room)
In the morning, the President and the Vice President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.
In the afternoon, the President will have lunch with the Vice President in the Private Dining Room. This lunch is closed press.
Later in the afternoon, the President will award twenty one recipients the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Vice President and the First Lady will also attend. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. This event in the East Room is open press.
All times ET
The President awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom; The Vice President and The First Lady also attend
East RoomOpen Press(Pre-Set 11:30AM; Final Gather 2:15PM – North Doors of the Palm Room)
The President and the Vice President receive the Presidential Daily Briefing
Oval OfficeClosed Press
The President and the Vice President meet for lunch