Black Friday 2015 is finally here, and folks wondering if banks are open or trying to set their shopping strategy can find a full list of what’s open and closed right here.
The day after Thanksgiving has traditionally been one of the most important shopping days of the year, the unofficial start of the Christmas shopping season when many try to cram in as much retail shopping as they can. Black Friday even takes its name from the huge effect shoppers had on the bottom line — the day, in theory, when stores garnered enough sales to ensure that they finished “in the black” for the year.
But in recent years, the lines of Black Friday have become very blurred, with many stores deciding to start their shopping on Thanksgiving itself and some others closing down entirely in reaction to a growing sentiment against the shopping day.
What’s Open And Closed On Black Friday 2015
While Black Friday 2015 is something of an unofficial shopping holiday, it’s not considered a federal holiday by the government. That means that most government offices — including the post office — will be open.
But there are some exceptions. Many states will be closing the Department of Motor Vehicles (including California and some court offices in New York).
Banks and credit unions will be open on Black Friday 2015, so those who miss out on making deposits and withdrawals on Thanksgiving will have their chance.
Black Friday 2015 is also one of the busiest travel days of the year, and many are taking to the skies under the additional fear of terrorist attacks. After ISIS carried out terrorist attacks in France, there was some fear that the United States may be next, but President Barack Obama said there are no credible threats.
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said travelers can expect to see some additional security this season
“Basically, they are reinforcing existing security measures,” he said (via the USA Today). “It should be obvious to the public that there is a heightened presence in places like in Union Station here, at airports and other public gathering places. In general, we want to encourage people as the holiday season begins to travel, be with your families, celebrate the holidays, go to public events — and be vigilant and be aware.”
What Time Are Stores Open Black Friday 2015
Many people are planning to shop on Black Friday, but with some stores starting their sales on Thanksgiving and others not opening at all, it can be difficult to keep track of all of it.
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Luckily, the Associated Press compiled a full list of when everything is open:
TARGET — Opens 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving and stays open into Black Friday.
KMART — Opens 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving and stays open into Black Friday.
WAL-MART — Open 24 hours, but deals start Thanksgiving at 6 p.m.
JC PENNEY — Opens Thanksgiving at 3 p.m. and stays open into Black Friday.
KOHL’S — Opens 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving and stays open into Black Friday.
MACY’S — Opens 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving and stays open into Black Friday.
SEARS — Opens 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving, closes 2 a.m. on Black Friday then re-opens at 5 a.m.
BEST BUY — Opens 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving and closes 1 a.m. Black Friday then re-opens at 8 a.m.
GAMESTOP — Opens Black Friday at 5 a.m.
HHGREGG — Opens 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving and closes 12 a.m. Friday then re-opens at 7 a.m.
RADIOSHACK — Open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving then re-opens at 8 a.m. on Black Friday
TOYS R US — Opens 5 p.m. Thanksgiving and stays open into Black Friday.
COSTCO — Opens 9 a.m. on Black Friday.
SAM’S CLUB — Opens 7 a.m. on Black Friday.
DICK’S SPORTING GOODS — Opens 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving and closes 2 a.m. Black Friday then re-opens at 5 a.m.
Those wondering about whether local stores are open or closed on Black Friday 2015 are best to call and find out, but it might be good to wait a day. The day after Friday has become known as Small Business Saturday, where many locally owned stores could offer additional deals.
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