Thanksgiving Eve has become one of the biggest nights for the local bars. Plenty of the spots on State Street, like the Plymouth, were packed Wednesday night. In fact, employees at the Plymouth said on this night, they were fully staffed and stock, because the business they see is comparable to what they get on St. Patrick's Day.
At the Plymouth, people started gathering around seven o'clock, meeting up with family and friends coming back into town for the holiday, that they haven't seen in a while.
In fact, many of the people there Wednesday said that coming out on Thanksgiving Eve is like going to a class reunion. For many of the people out, going out on this night, has actually become somewhat of a tradition.
"It's like when everybody gets together, seeing family members, hanging out with classmates. It's a good time. A lot of comradery," said Fred Barry, of Erie.
"Thanksgiving, family, giving thanks. A good friend here, high school buds," said Just Liggett, of Erie. "We've been together since high school so it's a good way to get together when we can," said Donald John, of Erie.
"I grew up in Erie and for me, it's almost like a class reunion from high school because I'm hearing my name all night long, but it's good to see familiar faces that you don't see all the time," said TJ Samol, the bar manager at the Plymouth.
"You spend a lot of time at the job, doing your thing and good to get together with friends and do a little socializing and enjoy the holiday," said Tom Polanski, of Erie.
Erie Police Chief Randy Bowers said that there will be extra patrol on duty for the night. He urged people to watch out for pedestrians walking in the streets and also to think twice before you get behind the wheel.
"It's a simple as this: you can ruin your life in one night, a nobody needs it. So think before you go out and try to make the appropriate plans."