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If skipping Thanksgiving dessert and heading straight for the stores is your idea of a good time, it may be coming to an end. The year 2020 ended a lot of traditions, and the practice of stores staying open on Thanksgiving is one of them. If you’re wondering “is Walmart closed on Thanksgiving?”, we have the answer for you.

Of course, you’ll want to add Walmart Black Friday shopping to your list of places to go. But you don’t have to wait till Thanksgiving or Black Friday to start your holiday shopping, either. There are three main times during the month of November when you can save big at Walmart.

Looking for the latest Walmart savings? Check out our Walmart deals or text BLACKFRIDAY to 57299 to get real-time text alerts when Black Friday deals go live.


Is Walmart closed on Thanksgiving?

A row of checkout counter bagging areas near the Walmart exit.

Yes! Walmart won’t be open on Thanksgiving Day in 2022. Prior to 2020, Walmart was notorious for opening at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and staying open through the wee morning hours into Black Friday.

But times have changed. Walmart is officially closed on Thanksgiving. Walmart will open for regular hours the day before Thanksgiving, but after that, they’ll be closed until the morning of Black Friday (Nov. 25).


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

A crowd of people at Walmart checkout during Black Friday

Walmart hasn’t announced what time they’ll be opening on Black Friday. But based on their opening times in 2020 and 2021, we expect Walmart to open at 5 a.m. on Black Friday.


You can still do Thanksgiving Day shopping at Walmart.com starting at midnight.

Two women lounging on a couch using their laptops, one displaying the Walmart website.

Walmart won’t be open on Thanksgiving, but they’ve been known to launch their Black Friday sales online hours before the doors officially open.

Although doors didn’t open until 5 a.m. on Black Friday at Walmart in 2021, Black Friday online deals started at midnight ET on Black Friday. We expect that to happen again this year.



Walmart has three waves of deals to shop early.

Chart showing the three waves of Walmart Black Friday Deals for Days sales in 2022.

Even though Walmart isn’t open on Thanksgiving, the deals aren’t limited to Black Friday. In 2021, Walmart Black Friday was split into three different “Deals for Days” events, with new deals going live throughout the month of November. We expect the same style of sales to happen for Walmart Black Friday 2022, with online deals released on Nov. 2, Nov. 9, and Nov. 21, and in-store deals released on Nov. 4, Nov. 11, and Nov. 25.


Consider becoming a Walmart+ member to shop before Thanksgiving.

A person's hand taking a Walmart Plus gift card from a display of gift cards at Walmart.

In 2021, Walmart+ members were given early access to shop during each deal wave. If you sign up for Walmart+, you’ll have early access to all of these sales! Members get access FOUR hours before the sales go live on the Walmart Early Access page.

Not sure about Walmart +? You can sign up for a free 30-day Walmart+ trial. (With the membership, you also get free next-day and 2-day shipping with no minimums.) But you won’t be able to use the free trial to get early access to Black Friday deals.

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