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Photos: Biden and his family out and about on Nantucket on Thanksgiving weekend

President Joe Biden on Nantucket on Friday. The Biden family again visited the downtown on Saturday as part of their Thanksgiving visit to the island.MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden and his family visited local shops on Main Street on Nantucket and later attended an evening Mass on Saturday during their annual Thanksgiving visit to the island, his first as commander-in-chief.

The president was joined by his son Hunter Biden and his grandchildren late Saturday afternoon for a quick stop at Murray’s Toggery Shop and then a visit to TownPool, where Biden was seen exiting while sipping a milkshake.

The group then took a short walk to St. Mary, Our Lady of the Isle Catholic Church for a 5 p.m. Mass, where Biden was greeted by clergy.

President Joe Biden, center, and his granddaughter Finnegan Biden, left, are greeted by Father John Murray, right, as they arrive for Mass at St. Mary, Our Lady of the Isle Catholic Church on Saturday. Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press


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Spending Thanksgiving on Nantucket is a Biden family tradition. It started in 1975 when then-US Senator Joseph Biden, his soon-to-be wife, Jill, and his young sons, Beau and Hunter, spent the holiday there.

The family has returned almost annually since, including when Biden was vice president from 2009-2016 under President Barack Obama. The family did not travel to the resort island last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Biden does not own a home on the Nantucket, instead staying at various properties. This year, the Biden family is staying at a 13-acre estate owned by private-equity billionaire David Rubenstein.

The Bidens have ventured outside of the compound since arriving Tuesday night. On Thanksgiving, the president and First Lady Jill Biden visited a U.S. Coast Guard base at Brant Point. He also hosted a virtual meet-up with members of all six military branches, stationed in the US and around the world.

On Friday, the family had lunch at the Nantucket Tap Room, before heading to Main Street for shopping. The president and first lady attended the 5 p.m. tree lighting, accompanied by their daughter, Ashley Biden, Hunter and his wife, Melissa Cohen and their baby, Beau. Several grandchildren were also in tow.

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The president plans to wrap up the festivities and head back to Washington D.C. on Sunday, according to the White House.

Check out these photos of President Biden out and about on Nantucket:

US President Joe Biden walks out of Murray's Toggery Shop in Nantucket on Nov. 27, 2021.MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images
President Joe Biden walks with members of his family after visiting Murray's Toggery Shop in Nantucket, Mass., Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press


President Joe Biden walks with his granddaughter Finnegan Biden to St. Mary, Our Lady of the Isle Catholic Church in Nantucket, Mass., Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, to attend evening services.Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press
President Joe Biden is greeted as he arrives at St. Mary, Our Lady of the Isle Catholic Church in Nantucket, Mass., Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press
President Joe Biden walks from St. Mary, Our Lady of the Isle Catholic Church in Nantucket, Mass., Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, after attending evening services.Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press
US President Joe Biden departs the St. Mary, Our Lady of the Isle Catholic Church in Nantucket on Nov. 27, 2021.MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images



President Joe Biden speaks on a shopping trip with his family in Nantucket Friday.SARAHBETH MANEY/NYT
President Joe Biden walks out of a shop in Nantucket Friday.Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press
President Joe Biden walks with, from left, Robert Biden, Maisy Biden, and Natalie Biden in Nantucket Friday.Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press
President Joe Biden shakes hands with the town crier after the annual Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at the top of Maine Street in Nantucket, Friday. Standing with the president are Maisy Biden and Beau Biden. Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press
President Joe Biden passes a challenge coin to a member of the Coast Guard at the United States Coast Guard Station Brant Point in Nantucket on Thursday after virtually meeting with service members from around the world to thank them for their service and wish them a happy Thanksgiving. Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press
People cheer President Joe Biden's passing motorcade as he and First Lady Jill Biden drive to the United States Coast Guard Station Brant Point in Nantucket Thursday.Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press
US President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden, and family members attend a Christmas Tree lighting ceremony in Nantucket Friday.MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images

Allana J. Barefield can be reached at allana.barefield@globe.com. Nick Stoico can be reached at nick.stoico@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @NickStoico.