Thanksgiving is a federal holiday, which means schools, banks, the DMV, mail delivery, the post office, the stock market, and other government services except for public transportation are closed down.
Also, a number of stores are closed for the holiday but some will be open for early Black Friday sales.
And 24-hour pharmacies like Walgreens, Rite Aid, CVS, and others will be open.
Here’s some of the hours for Thanksgiving for major retailers.
Kmart – Open at 6 AM on Thanksgiving. It will be open 42 hours straight.
Walmart – Opens at 6 p.m. on Thursday for Black Friday Sales
Target – Open 6 p.m. Thanksgiving.
Staples – Open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
Sears – Open at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving.
Best Buy – Opens at 5 p.m. Thanksgiving
RadioShack – Open at 8 a.m. Thanksgiving.
Macy’s – Open at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving.
Kohl’s – Open at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving.
Gamestop – Closed Thanksgiving; open 12:01 a.m. Friday.
Costco – Closed on Thanksgiving. Friday hours vary by location.
JCPenney – Open 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
For a list of stores closed on Thanksgiving, go here.
And as CNN notes, opening stores on Thanksgiving doesn’t boost sales at all.
“Ultimately, if you look over the course of the holiday selling season, the fact the stores are opening on Thanksgiving as opposed to Black Friday doesn’t lead to increased sales,” Howard Feller, who is a Partner at MMG Advisors, told the network.
From 2012 to 2013, sales from Thanksgiving to “Black Sunday” only rose 1 percent due to keeping stores open Thanksgiving.
“You’re staffing stores to be open longer for just a little bit more revenue,” Ike Boruchow, an analyst, was quoted by CNN as saying.
AP update – Obama gets the bill for White House Thanksgiving
WASHINGTON (AP) — There’s no free lunch — or breakfast or dinner — for President Barack Obama onThanksgiving day. Or any other day for that matter.
He has to dig into his pocket to pay for his holiday feast of turkey, ham, two kinds of stuffing, sweet and regular potatoes, and six different kinds of pie. It’s a longstanding practice that presidents pay for meals for themselves, their families and personal guests.
Obama also pays for other basics — everything from toothpaste to dry-cleaning.
Gary Walters, who was chief White House usher for many years, says the payment rule dates to 1800 when the White House was first occupied by President John Adams and there was no staff. Presidents brought staff with them and paid for everything.