Updated: 11/27/2013 10:14 pm
It's not only one of the biggest travel days of the year, and it's also one of the biggest for alcohol. Whether you're drinking with your family or doing it to get away from them, we want to make sure you can have a good time without breaking any rules.
"I am trying to unwind from a very stressful month and have a good attitude before I go home to all the family that's coming in to my house, oh boy,” Victoria Resident Dale Jones said.
For Dale Jones, his time at the Brown Bag Saloon is a way to prepare for what's to come.
"Because I’m going to have to deal with family tomorrow so I want to have a little relaxation time beforehand so I don't strangle them tomorrow when they all show up," Jones said.
Over the past few years, Thanksgiving Eve has become one of the most popular drinking nights of the year, ranking with days like New Year’s Eve and Super Bowl Sunday.
"It’s going to be arm to arm.. Other drinking nights, it’s not as crowded as it will be tonight or as it usually is on nights like tonight. Usually there's walking room. There's none expected tonight,” bartender Kodie Purnell said.
Brown Bag Saloon owner Rick Caputo said people coming into town is a big part of the big night.
“Everybody comes to visit their grandma, their mother their father, and all their friends from high school and everything. It’s a togetherness you know and everybody wants to come back to where they originated from,” Caputo said.
But even though the night is meant to celebrate, Caputo said you should do it in doses.
“Know their limit, know that this is a holiday, that everybody will be driving and just to know their limit and have a good time without going crazy,” Caputo said.
“Even though your family could be crazy, they still want to see you and you don't want to hurt anybody else’s family this time of year, there's just so much bad stuff that can go on, you just want to make it as good as possible. So don't drink and drive,” Jones said.