From Good Housekeeping
Black Friday is coming up, and you know what that means: some big ticket items from your favorite stores will be going on sale for far below their usual prices. However, like just about everything this year, the COVID-19 pandemic is going to change the Black Friday experience this year. So if you have your heart set on finding some major deals this fall, here’s everything you need to know about Black Friday 2020.
When is Black Friday?
Thanksgiving falls on November 26th this year, and since Black Friday always lands on the day after Thanksgiving, that means Black Friday will officially be held on November 27th, 2020. However, it’s possible that not all of your regular shopping haunts are going to be opening their doors on Black Friday in 2020…
Is Black Friday canceled because of the coronavirus?
Let’s discuss the elephant in the room: Black Friday is going to look a little different this year. Even if you’re used to going in person to a certain store every year for its Black Friday sales, this year you’re going to want to call ahead and confirm that they’re going to be open on the big day. If you are going out, you can assume most stores will have COVID-19 safety protocols in place and limits on how many people will be allowed in the building at once, so endless lines and door-buster stampedes are going to be a thing of the past. (As always, make sure that you’re shopping safely and wearing a mask!)
That said, we anticipate that most stores will be pushing their online Black Friday sales more than ever — and since Black Friday creep is real, expect to see “Cyber Monday” sales kicking off long before the Monday after Thanksgiving. Target, for example, has already announced that it will be spreading its in-store and online sales out instead of packing them into a single weekend, kicking holiday deals off as early as October to cut back on crowds. Expect other stores to follow suit.
What time does Black Friday start?
Usually, most brick-and-mortar stores and online shopping sites start their Black Friday deals at midnight on Thanksgiving night, but in the past, some major retailers have opened their doors early to customers as early as 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving. However, many major chains are already updating their holiday hours to announce that they will be fully closed on Thanksgiving this year. So far, the list of stores that kicked off their Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving in 2019, but will be closed on Thanksgiving in 2020 include:
These retailers haven’t announced their official Black Friday 2020 hours yet, but we’ll let you know as soon as they do. Bookmark our full list of Black Friday hours by store now, and check back since we’ll be continuing to update this page as more info comes in.
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