Black Friday 2021 is Friday November 26.
It’s an annual shopping event that takes place the day after Thanksgiving. The first recorded use of the term “Black Friday” dates back to 1869, when the US gold market collapsed.
According to History.com, Philadelphia Police used the term in the 1950s to describe how chaotic the day after Thanksgiving would become due to the crowds building up for Saturday football games. Shoplifters took advantage of the chaos and police were forced to work extra shifts.
Black Friday was not viewed positively until the late 1980s when retailers found a way to reinvent the term, which led to a dedicated, albeit chaotic, shopping day.
Here’s everything you need to know about what’s open and what’s closed on Black Friday 2021.
Is Black Friday a Federal Holiday? Is Black Friday a public holiday?
Black Friday is neither a federal holiday nor a state holiday. There are two federal holidays in November: Veterans Day and Thanksgiving.
Federal courts in New Jersey will be closed on Black Friday, however.
Is there mail delivery on Black Friday 2021? Will mail go through?
There will be regular courier delivery, as well as FedEx and UPS, on Black Friday. The only exception is FedEx Freight, which is closed. FedEx Express also operates on a modified schedule.
Is the post office open on Black Friday 2021?
The United States Postal Service offices will be open.
Are the stock exchanges open on Black Friday 2021?
The exchanges will be open on Black Friday. This includes the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq markets.
Are New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission locations open on Black Friday 2021?
All offices of the Motor Vehicle Commission will be open. In addition, all offices and courts in the State of New Jersey are open for the holidays.
Online processing of certain documents is available on the Motor Vehicle Commission website.
Are banks open on Black Friday?
All banks are open on Black Friday.
Do NJ Transit, PATH and SEPTA operate on a regular schedule?
NJ Transit, PATH and SEPTA will operate on normal schedules. For NJ Transit, passengers should use NJ Transit’s online trip planner to check arrival and departure times.
Are the restaurants open on Black Friday 2021?
Most restaurants will be open and some may have special offers. Customers should check with specific restaurants for information.
When do stores open on Black Friday 2021?
Most stores will be open on Black Friday, and some may open very early so shoppers can take advantage of the sales.
Here’s a look at the main store opening hours for Black Friday 2021, according to their websites, GoodHouseKeeping and RetailMeNot.
Note: Buyers should ultimately check with their local store if times vary by location.
- Apple (10 a.m. – 8 p.m.)
- Barnes et Noble (8 a.m. – 10 p.m.)
- Bass Pro Shops (5 a.m. – 8 p.m.)
- Bath & Beyond bed (6h – 12h)
- Best Buy (5 a.m. – 9 p.m.)
- BJ’s Wholesale Club (9 a.m. – 10 p.m.)
- Burlington (7 a.m. – 11 p.m.)
- Costco (9 a.m. – 8:30 p.m., but may vary by store)
- CVS (varies by store)
- Dick’s Sporting Goods (5 a.m. – 10 p.m.)
- Dollar tree (9 a.m. – 9 p.m.)
- Lobby Hobby (8 a.m. – 9 p.m.)
- Home Depot (6 a.m. – 9 p.m.)
- Ikea (10 a.m. – 9 p.m.)
- JCPenney (10 a.m. – 9 p.m.)
- Kohl’s (5 a.m. – midnight)
- Lowe’s (6 a.m. – 9 p.m.)
- Macy’s (6 a.m. – 11:59 p.m.)
- Marshals (8 a.m. – 9 p.m.)
- Meijer (6 a.m. – midnight)
- Nordstrom (10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; varies by store)
- Nordstrom Rack (8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.)
- Old Navy (5 a.m. – 11 p.m.; varies by store)
- Petco (9 a.m. – 8 p.m.)
- PetSmart (7 a.m. – 9 p.m.)
- REI (CLOSED)
- Rite Aid (varies by store)
- Sam’s Club (10 a.m. – 8 p.m.)
- Objective (7 a.m. – 10 p.m.)
- TJ Maxx (8 a.m. – 9 p.m.)
- Trader Joe’s (8 a.m. – 9 p.m.)
- Ulta (6 a.m. – 10 p.m.)
- Walgreens (varies by store)
- Walmart (5 a.m. – 11 p.m.)
Are there Black Friday 2021 sales?
Most stores will have ongoing sales for Black Friday 2021 throughout the day, and in some cases there will be huge deals on hot products.
When it comes to online shopping, we’ve scoured the internet and found plenty of Black Friday 2021 deals. Here are some of the bigger ones:
When is the next federal holiday?
The next federal holiday is Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25.
For more information on the history of Black Friday, watch the video below:
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