If you’re asking, “Is Walmart open on Thanksgiving this year?” then we have your answer: Better order that 65-inch television now just in case, because Walmart stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.
For Thanksgiving 2020, the retail giant closed for the first time in more than 30 years, ending the tradition of Americans scarfing turkey, watching the Thanksgiving Day Parade, then getting a jump on Black Friday in-store doorbuster deals. (Target’s Thanksgiving hours followed a similar model.) The retailer announced that it made the decision to close all U.S. Walmart stores again in 2021 as a thank-you to its employees for all their hard work during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Throughout the pandemic, our associates have been nothing short of heroic in how they have stepped up to serve our customers and their communities,” said Dacona Smith, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Walmart U.S., in a statement. “We hope everyone will take the opportunity to be with their loved ones during what’s always a special time.”
Keep reading for more details on Walmart Thanksgiving hours as well as the company’s Black Friday deals—but first, some frequently asked questions:
So, is Walmart closed for Thanksgiving?
Yes, Walmart is not open on Thanksgiving this year. A representative for Walmart confirmed to Glamour that stores will be closed on Thursday, November 24 and reopening on Friday, November 25. Check your local store for Black Friday hours.
Is Walmart doing Black Friday on Thanksgiving day?
Not quite. Stores will be closed on Thanksgiving, so you won’t be able to buy your discounted TVs and whatnot there. However, the company is bringing back its Black Friday Deals for Days event, which gives paid Walmart+ members early access throughout the month of November. More time to stock up on gifts for friends!