Late November means time for turkey, stuffing, gravy, and deals.
But what is open on Thanksgiving and Black Friday 2018?
A bevy of stores will be open on Thanksgiving and Black Friday this year to accommodate for the massive crowds vying for the best deals on electronics, gadgets, clothing, and more. After their meals on Thanksgiving Day, shoppers can hit stores like Best Buy, JCPenney, Kohl's, Macy's, Target, and Walmart in the early evening. Even more stores will be open on Black Friday 2018, with retailers like Bed Bath & Beyond, Costco, H&M, Gap, GameStop, Lowe's, Nordstrom, and more, opening their doors for holiday shoppers.
But stores aren't the only places open (or closed) for business on Thanksgiving and Black Friday 2018. Here's everything you need to know about what businesses, restaurants, offices, and parks will be open or closed on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday.
What Restaurants Are Open on Thanksgiving and Black Friday?
There are more than 35 restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day, from chains like IHOP, Steak 'n Shake, and Denny's, to quick stops like Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts, and McDonald's. Many restaurants will be open on Black Friday, too, to accommodate the slew of shoppers.
While you can bet on finding a spot to get a bite on Friday, be sure to check your local restaurant's hours in case they are opening late or closing early.
Are Banks Open on Thanksgiving and Black Friday?
Since Thanksgiving is a federal holiday, banks — including the Federal Reserve — will be closed on Thursday, November 22. Most major banks will be open on Friday, November 23, but, in the past, some regional banks have taken the day off.
Be sure to check with your local branch for their Black Friday hours.
Are Post Offices Open on Thanksgiving and Black Friday? And Is There Mail Today?
The U.S. Postal Service will be closed on Thanksgiving Day as well. Post offices observe federal holidays, and since Black Friday is not a holiday in an official capacity, they will reopen on Friday, November 23.
Are National Parks Open on Thanksgiving and Black Friday?
Many national parks like Yosemite, Grand Teton, Grand Canyon, and Shenandoah are open year-round and on most federal holidays (barring weather and seasonal constraints).
However, a number of historic sites like the Pullman National Monument in Chicago, Shiloh National Military Park in Tennessee, and the Harry S. Truman National Historic Site in Missouri will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. Parks and sites with impacted Thanksgiving Day hours, however, will reopen for Black Friday.
Is the Stock Market Open on Thanksgiving and Black Friday?
U.S. stock market traders can rest easy on Thanksgiving Day, as the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq will be closed on the holiday. They will reopen on Black Friday — but close early at 1 p.m. EST.
Are Government Offices Open on Thanksgiving and Black Friday?
Since Thanksgiving is a federal holiday, government offices around the country will be closed. Black Friday, however, is a bit more complicated. It's considered a state holiday in about 25 states — including California, Texas, Virginia, Florida, and Michigan, among others — so those state government employees will get the day after Thanksgiving off, too.
Are Schools Open on Thanksgiving and Black Friday?
Time off varies from school to school and college to college. But, with Thanksgiving Day off, most schools and colleges around the country give students, teachers, faculty, and administrators Black Friday off, too — making the Thanksgiving holiday an extended four-day weekend.