President Biden and his family are back on Nantucket this week to celebrate Thanksgiving together, continuing a long tradition of gathering on the island for the holiday.
The Bidens, who have spent Thanksgiving on Nantucket dating back to the 1970s, arrived at Nantucket Memorial Airport aboard Air Force One shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday, following an hour’s flight from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, according to a White House pool report.
Before their arrival, crowds of spectators gathered at the perimeter of the airport, with some standing on car roofs to catch a glimpse of the Bidens, according to a video posted to Twitter by the Nantucket Current, a local news outlet.
Leading up to the high-profile visit, several public safety departments and agencies made a number of preparations. The Federal Aviation Administration also issued temporary flight restrictions around the airport through Sunday.
President Biden, dressed in a brown leather jacket, exited the government aircraft with his wife Jill Biden. Other members of his family, including daughter Ashley Biden and son Hunter Biden, followed.
The Bidens then hopped into the presidential motorcade and were whisked away to billionaire David Rubenstein’s compound on Nantucket Harbor, the Nantucket Current reported.
Although the president has spent vacations and Thanksgivings on the island since he was a junior senator from Delaware, he doesn’t own a house there. Biden and his family have instead stayed at the homes of Democratic supporters like Rubenstein or Louis Susman, ambassador to the United Kingdom under former president Barack Obama.
Biden’s visit to the island last year for Thanksgiving marked his first as commander-in-chief.
While residents last year told the Globe they weren’t fazed by the visit, some supporters this week were eager to see Biden in person, according to the video posted by the Nantucket Current. People held Biden-Harris campaign signs and at least one supporter waved the American flag as the motorcade left the airport.
On previous visits, Biden has been spotted at holiday events like the Cold Turkey Plunge and the Turkey Trot road race. Last year, his family visited a number of shops on Main Street and later attended an evening Mass. Other stops included visits to Murray’s Toggery Shop and the store TownPool. They also had lunch at the Nantucket Tap Room.
The Bidens’ Thanksgiving menu last year included thyme-roasted turkey, cranberry relish, and apple pie. Biden does not have anything on his public schedule Wednesday, according to a pool report, as his family prepares to enjoy the holiday.
Biden recently celebrated two milestones ahead of his Thanksgiving break. Last weekend, his granddaughter, Naomi Biden, got married at the White House. The next day, Biden turned 80, making him the first octogenarian in the Oval Office.
The Bidens - including the President, First Lady, and Hunter Biden - deplane from Air Force One at #Nantucket Memorial Airport.— Nantucket Current (@ACKCurrent) November 23, 2022
A massive motorcade delivered them to billionaire David Rubenstein’s compound on Nantucket Harbor.
Video via @NoahGrayCNN pic.twitter.com/xtsJKy5QW7