Photos: Biden and his family take a walk in Nantucket on Thanksgiving weekend


The group then took a short walk to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Our Lady of the Isle for a 5 p.m. mass, where Biden was greeted by the 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’s Catholic Church, Our Lady of the Isle Saturday. Carolyn Kaster / Associated press

Spending Thanksgiving in Nantucket is a tradition of the Biden family. It all started in 1975 when then-US Senator Joseph Biden, his future wife, Jill, and young sons, Beau and Hunter, vacationed there.

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

Biden does not own a home on the Nantucket, but stays in various properties. This year, the Biden family are staying on a 13-acre estate owned by private billionaire David Rubenstein.

The Bidens have ventured outside the complex since arriving on Tuesday night. On Thanksgiving Day, the President and First Lady Jill Biden visited a United States Coast Guard base at Brant Point. He also organized a virtual meeting with members of the six military branches, stationed in the United States and around the world.

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

The president plans to wrap up the festivities and return to Washington DC on Sunday, according to the White House.

Check out these photos of President Biden in Nantucket:

US President Joe Biden walks out of Murray's Toggery Shop in Nantucket on November 27, 2021.
US President Joe Biden walks out of Murray’s Toggery Shop in Nantucket on November 27, 2021.MANDEL NGAN / AFP via Getty Images
President Joe Biden walks with family members after visiting Murray's Toggery Shop in Nantucket, Mass. On Saturday, November 27, 2021 (AP Photo / Carolyn Kaster)
President Joe Biden walks with family members after visiting Murray’s Toggery Shop in Nantucket, Mass. On Saturday, November 27, 2021 (AP Photo / Carolyn Kaster)Carolyn Kaster / Associated press
President Joe Biden travels with his granddaughter Finnegan Biden to St. Mary's Catholic Church, Our Lady of the Isle in Nantucket, Massachusetts on Saturday, November 27, 2021, to attend evening services.
President Joe Biden travels with his granddaughter Finnegan Biden to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Our Lady of the Isle in Nantucket, Massachusetts on Saturday, November 27, 2021, to attend evening services.Carolyn Kaster / Associated press
President Joe Biden is greeted upon his arrival at St. Mary's, Our Lady of the Isle Catholic Church in Nantucket, Massachusetts on Saturday, November 27, 2021 (AP Photo / Carolyn Kaster)
President Joe Biden is greeted upon his arrival at St. Mary’s, Our Lady of the Isle Catholic Church in Nantucket, Massachusetts on Saturday, November 27, 2021 (AP Photo / Carolyn Kaster)Carolyn Kaster / Associated press
President Joe Biden walks from St. Mary's, Our Lady of the Isle Catholic Church in Nantucket, Massachusetts on Saturday, November 27, 2021, after attending evening services.
President Joe Biden walks from St. Mary’s, Our Lady of the Isle Catholic Church in Nantucket, Massachusetts on Saturday, November 27, 2021, after attending evening services.Carolyn Kaster / Associated press
U.S. President Joe Biden leaves St. Mary's, Our Lady of the Isle Catholic Church in Nantucket on November 27, 2021.
U.S. President Joe Biden leaves St. Mary’s, Our Lady of the Isle Catholic Church in Nantucket on November 27, 2021.MANDEL NGAN / AFP via Getty Images
President Joe Biden speaks during a shopping spree with his family in Nantucket on Friday.
President Joe Biden speaks during a shopping spree with his family in Nantucket on Friday.SARAHBETH MANEY / NYT
President Joe Biden walks out of a store in Nantucket on Friday.
President Joe Biden walks out of a store in Nantucket on Friday.Carolyn Kaster / Associated press
President Joe Biden walks with, left to right, Robert Biden, Maisy Biden and Natalie Biden in Nantucket on Friday.
President Joe Biden walks with, left to right, Robert Biden, Maisy Biden and Natalie Biden in Nantucket on Friday.Carolyn Kaster / Associated press
President Joe Biden shakes hands with the town crier after the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony atop Maine Street in Nantucket on Friday.  Alongside the president are Maisy Biden and Beau Biden.
President Joe Biden shakes hands with the town crier after the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony atop Maine Street in Nantucket on Friday. Alongside the president are Maisy Biden and Beau Biden. Carolyn Kaster / Associated press
President Joe Biden presents a challenge coin to a Coast Guard member at U.S. Coast Guard Station Brant Point in Nantucket on Thursday after virtually meeting with military personnel from around the world to thank them for their service and wish them a Happy Thanksgiving .
President Joe Biden presents a challenge coin to a Coast Guard member at U.S. Coast Guard Station Brant Point in Nantucket on Thursday after virtually meeting with military personnel from around the world to thank them for their service and wish them a Happy Thanksgiving . Carolyn Kaster / Associated press
People cheer on President Joe Biden's passing motorcade as he and First Lady Jill Biden make their way to U.S. Coast Guard Brant Point station in Nantucket on Thursday.
People cheer on President Joe Biden’s passing motorcade as he and First Lady Jill Biden make their way to U.S. Coast Guard Brant Point station in Nantucket on Thursday.Carolyn Kaster / Associated press
US President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden and their family members attend a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Nantucket on Friday.
US President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden and their family members attend a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Nantucket on Friday.MANDEL NGAN / AFP via Getty Images

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