Some people’s annual tradition of cleaning up Thanksgiving dinner dishes and heading out for Black Friday shopping is coming to an end.

Walmart and Target have both announced they’re planning to be closed on Thanksgiving, and are planning to expand their holiday shopping schedules to avoid overcrowding in stores.

Here’s what you need to know:


Walmart, Target, Best Buy & DICK’S won’t be open on Thanksgiving Day.

Facing public backlash and pressure from employees, a growing number of retailers have closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.

For the first time since the late 1980s, Walmart will also now be closed on Thanksgiving. Target, Best Buy and DICK’S Sporting Goods will also end their Thanksgiving shopping hours.

All four stores say they will be open regular hours the day before Thanksgiving, and will be closed until Black Friday, Nov. 27.

Sam’s Club, which is owned by Walmart, has historically been closed on Thanksgiving.


Expect a 5 AM opening on Black Friday — although that hasn’t been announced yet.

Target, Best Buy, DICK’S and Walmart haven’t announced what time they’ll be opening on Black Friday, but based on similar retailers, expect a 5 AM opening. The company promises a follow-up in the coming months to announce that opening time.


You can still do Thanksgiving Day shopping — online.

Although Walmart, Target, Best Buy and DICK’S won’t be open on Thanksgiving, they’ve all shown in the past that they’re willing to launch sales online before doors open.

Last year, although doors didn’t open on Thanksgiving until 6 PM, sales began at at 12:01 AM. Target’s sales started even earlier, on Wednesday. And in many cases, individual Black Friday deals go live in stores and online starting the week before Black Friday.

Generally, we always recommend people stay up late the day before Thanksgiving, shop right after midnight, and enjoy the holiday.

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Target is planning to expand the shopping season & pickup/delivery options.

Target says that in order to keep people safe this holiday season, they’re trying to avoid crowds of shoppers.

They announced that they’re starting Black Friday-type sales in October to spread out the holiday shopping season, and they’re adding 20,000 more products to their pickup and delivery programs.


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No Shopping at Walmart, Target, Best Buy & DICK'S on Thanksgiving This Year