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Back in the day, Thanksgiving was all about the turkey.

Now it's all about the shopping -- and 2023 Black Friday sales -- as major retailers try to lure in holiday revelers with their best prices of the year.

As always, the frenzy starts in the early afternoon. That's when Black Friday ads begin to blanket the airwaves during the marathon NFL Thanksgiving football games.

Then, after the dinner dishes are cleared, be prepared to pounce.

Most stores doing business on Thanksgiving Day usually open anywhere from 3PM - 6PM. Meanwhile, keep it here for updates on holiday openings and closings.

Whether you're in the "I can't resist a good sale" camp, or want to just sit back and enjoy the day, here are a list of major retailers and supermarkets who are open - or closed - on Thanksgiving Day:

Open Thanksgiving 2023

The following includes popular department stores that traditionally remain open (or closed - see below) on Thanksgiving Day, but watch for updates as the holidays roll around ....

Stores open Thanksgiving Day:

Bass Pro Shops - 9AM CVS - varies by location Pep Boys - varies by location
Big Lots - 7AM Dollar General - 7AM Rite-Aid - 8AM
Cabela's - 9AM Kmart - 9AM Sears - 6PM
  Michaels - 6PM Walgreens - 7AM

Restaurants & fast food chains: Starbucks, Boston Market, Denny's, IHOP, Wendy's, White Castle, Golden Corral, Cracker Barrel, Dunkin' Donuts, Jack In The Box, Little Caesars . Also check for possible openings at local McDonald's, Burger King, Popeye's, Pizza Hut, Sonic, and Taco Bell locations.

Supermarkets: Whole Foods, Krogers, Stop & Shop, and Winn Dixie. Also check other major supermarket chains for limited hour openings on Thanksgiving Day.

CLOSED Thanksgiving 2023 : Walmart, Barnes & Noble, Home Depot, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Burlington, Best Buy, Costco, Crate and Barrel, Dick's Sporting Goods, Dillard’s, DSW, Foot Locker, GameStop, Guitar Center, Harbor Freight, Hobby Lobby, IKEA, Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores, Jos. A Bank, Kohl's, Lowes, Mall of America, Marshalls, Mattress Firm, Menards, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, Office Depot, Patagonia, Petco, PetSmart, Pier 1 Imports, Publix, Sam’s Club, Sierra Trading Post, Staples, The Container Store, T.J. Maxx,

Banks, the US post office, and public libraries are also closed Thanksgiving Day.

What else is open Thanksgiving Day

open thanksgiving dayTraveling on Thanksgiving? Fear not. Attractions in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles traditionally remain open to help cash in on the busy holiday tourist season.

If you're just looking for a quick food fix at your local fast food joint, watch for Dunkin' Donuts and Starbucks to open in the morning and remain so at least for part of the day.

You'll also find Denny's, Cracker Barrel, and IHOP waiting to greet you, along with Boston Market which features their traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings on Thanksgiving day.

Need any last minute items from the supermarket before company arrives? Be thankful for Whole Foods, Krogers, and Winn Dixie who traditionally keep their doors open on Turkey Day.

Opening at the movies Thanksgiving 2023

This year, Thanksgiving week brings family-friendly fare with the November 22nd premiere of Disney's "Wish" about a young reader (voiced by Ariana DeBose) who is magically transported into the mystical world of her favorite series of fantasy books.

The same day, on Netflix, also watch for funnyman Adam Sandler to debut in "Leo", an imaginative animated musical comedy about a pet lizard who yearns to experience life on the outside! Joining Sandler in the voiceover cast will be SNL alum Cecily Strong, Bill Burr, Jason Alexander, and Rob Schneider.

Disney's "Wish" opens in theaters on Wednesday, November 22, 2023.

In theaters mid-November "The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes" a prequel to "The Hunger Games", opens on November 17th.

For the younger kids, also check out a third intallment of the animated Trolls franchise, "Trolls 3: The Trollstopia" with voiceovers by Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick opening just in time for the holidays.

Happy Thanksgiving!

also see -> What's Open Christmas Day 2023


More about what's open on Thanksgiving around the Web:

Top Things to Do in Boston on Thanksgiving Weekend
- Check out holiday festivities at Fanieul Hall, Boston concerts, Black Friday shopping and what else is in store throughout the holiday weekend,

Thanksgiving in New York City - Trip Savvy guide to what's open around the city on the big day including restaurants, tourist attractions and shows.

Thanksgiving in Los Angeles - What's open for the holiday including restaurants, tourist attractions, and special events.

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