Retailers are open. Most retailers will be open in full force on Black Friday, both the stores that closed on Thanksgiving Day and those that opened. In fact, many stores will be open for extended hours on Friday, November 23, with a few staying open for 24 hours straight.
Drug stores are open. All three of the big retail chain drug stores (Walgreens, Rite-Aid, and CVS Caremark) will be open the day after Thanksgiving. Smaller chain drugstores and independent drugstores will also be open for business for the most part, but it’s worthwhile calling to confirm their hours before going.
Grocery stores are open. Grocery stores will be open for business the day after Thanksgiving. Independent grocery stores, smaller grocery store chains, and ethnic food stores will likely be open, but it’s worth the effort to contact them to confirm their opening hours to make sure they are open.
Restaurants are open. National chain restaurants will be open during their normal business hours on Black Friday. Independent restaurants may or may not be open, so it’s best to call and confirm before heading out for dinner.
U.S. Stock Markets
Stock markets are open. While both the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ stock market will be open the day after Thanksgiving, they won’t be open for their regular hours. Both markets will close early at 1:00 p.m. (EST).
Public libraries may or may not be open. Although Black Friday is not a federal holiday, many libraries close on the Friday after Thanksgiving to give their staff a long holiday weekend. Check with your local library to see if they are open, and if they are, what hours they are open.
Schools are closed. Most schools give students and teachers a long four-day weekend closing on both Thanksgiving Day and the day after.
Garbage service is running. Garbage service will run, but it’s important to find out their holiday schedule. Some days may be switched around due to there being no service on Thursday, so it might not be the typical Friday service.
Federal Government Offices
Government offices are closed. Most federal government offices and courts are closed the day after Thanksgiving. Those government entities deemed as essential, such as air traffic control will remain open.
State and Local Government Offices
State and local government offices are closed. Most state and local government offices will be closed the day after Thanksgiving. Those offices considered essential, such as fire fighters, will remain open.
Credit Unions and Banks
Banks and credit unions are open. Banks, credit unions, and other financial institutions are open the day after Thanksgiving.
Post offices are open. The post office holiday schedule does not include Black Friday. Post offices will be open the day after Thanksgiving. Both home and business mail will be delivered as any typical Friday.
Gas stations are open. For those on the road, or those who need to fill up their car to get around town, gas stations will be open. Service stations and car repair shops may not be open. It’s best to check if you need your car serviced.