Walmart Stores Will be Closed on Thanksgiving Day

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Big news for Walmart shoppers!

We previously posted about how different Black Friday 2020 will likely be since stores will not want to encourage huge amounts of customers to head in store due to Coronavirus. And Walmart is no exception!

In fact, Walmart just announced that all Walmart and Sam’s Club stores will be closing their doors on Thanksgiving Day, November 26th! That means you’ll be able to enjoy your turkey, take a nap and relax without feeling any pressure to run out the door for those 5PM doorbusters!

Walmart stores and Sam’s Club locations will operate normal hours on November 25th and information for store and club hours for Friday, November 27th will be shared at a later date.

This latest Walmart news could definitely be a sign that most stores will be moving their Black Friday sales online only meaning that employees will finally get to spend Thanksgiving with their friends & family.

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  1. lydia999

    This is such wonderful news!!

    • Monique

      Totally agree! I hope all other stores follow suit!

    • Vironika

      Yes! It’s about time! 🙌🏼❤️

  2. ImThatJennay

    Waiting for the other stores to follow suit 😌💅🏼

    • R

      Where I live Wal-Mart has been the only store open Thanksgiving. So glad they are closing. When I was young I would ask to work all Holidays at my job because of 2.5× pay and it was better than sitting around by myself. Now I have a family Holidays off are a blessing.

      • ImThatJennay

        I’d love to see more stores follow suit. I remember when Black Friday started on Friday. Not like how it is today. I’m glad they’re allowing time with family. I hated working retail during the holidays. I never got to see family.

  3. Mustangbaby05

    About time!! Glad they made this change. Thanksgiving really is for family time!

  4. Angela

    Great news!! I think we each should take a minute to write an email to the CEO and thank them for their choice! This really is a big deal 🙂

  5. RussellKatie Priest

    As the wife of a Walmart Associate this is great! 8 years of my husband working on Thanksgiving it will be a nice change.

    • kelseymitchell

      My husband runs a Walmart and hasn’t had a Thanksgiving off in 11 years! I am so thankful for this.

      • jennifer

        Nice! Enjoy the family time 🤓

  6. Veronica M

    About time! So over ruining family time by people lining up on Thanksgiving and feels like I don’t even wanna attempt to go in store as everything is already thrashed by next day, for us that wanna shop online. This is great!

  7. Judy yare

    That is awesome…all stores should be closed that day

  8. Suzanne

    I’m very glad to hear this. The silver lining in all the craziness is it has forced us to slow down and reflect on what is important. So happy for those that can have their Thanksgiving back.

    • Jessica T

      So glad hate when I have to rush out the door after cooking and eating fast

  9. Mcmaho12

    The way it should be. I hope all retail shops will be closed on Thanksgiving.

  10. LibraryLady

    Love this!!! Hopefully all stores will do this

  11. Dana

    Close on Christmas Day and then I’ll be impressed.

    • Mel

      Walmart is closed on Christmas Day.

    • Renee

      Consider yourself impressed, as they have never opened on Christmas Day!!

  12. tctbtob

    Sadly Covid had to happen for retailers to make the change but it’s wonderful news and long overdue!!! I’m hoping this is only the beginning of much needed changes, perhaps closing on Sundays, like the good ol days, will be next.

  13. Karbear52

    I don’t do the Walmart shopping on Thanksgiving day, however, I think it is fabulous that they are closing… At least folks can spend time with their family for the day…!! 🤙😜

  14. WendyBrnn

    I did like it better when sales started at midnight Friday night better than starting Thursday evening, but hopefully everything isn’t online this year. I do some of it online already, but that’s just not the same. Not looking forward to the holidays being ruined by this crap.

  15. Mel

    Oh, how I love this!

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  17. K

    I hope this will start a trend and stores will close thanksgiving from now on, I love hearing this!

    • Irene (Hip Sidekick)

      It’s great news, isn’t it K?

  18. ToriSC

    Yeah no. Native American here – don’t care about celebrating a holiday to commemorate the attempt to wipe out my ancestors. Don’t believe the white washed pilgrim version and actually look up the history on the holiday. As for Christmas – let Christians celebrate it if they want but don’t force the rest of us.

    • Candace

      The near genocide of the ingenious people and the attempt to completely wipe out their religions and cultures is one of the darkest chapters in America’s short history. I don’t think that teaching our children all about how the pilgrims and Indians were bestest buddies is appropriate, and is in fact quite damaging to them. It was a real shift in perspective to me to learn that for many Native Americans Thanksgiving is a day of mourning.

      That being said, I don’t think many people these days are celebrating the pilgrims and Wampanoag sharing their harvest. Much like language, holidays evolve and the people who celebrate them change. It’s been 400 years since that first Thanksgiving, and 150 years since Lincoln made it an official national holiday. A lot has changed for us as a culture. These days Thanksgiving is celebrated as a time to be grateful, and to be with family (in theory, anyway).

      As for Christmas, in much the same was as early Christians took over Pagan holidays for their own, non Christians have made Christmas their own. Yes, Christmas is celebrated by Christians, but it is also widely celebrated as a secular holiday, with Santa and all the trimmings, even by those who aren’t religious. Many people chose to ignore the religious aspects, and instead embrace the spirit of generosity towards others, and the magic of childhood. Christmas is celebrated in many places, even in Japan, which is prominently atheist, Shinto and Buddhist (although not to the same level we take it here). While there are many many people and religions that don’t celebrate Christmas at all, it isn’t just for Christians.

      It must be frustrating and a bit overwhelming at times, to have a holiday you don’t celebrate constantly being shoved in your face, especially in light of what it means to you. I know it is probably a real annoyance to people who don’t celebrate a particular holiday to have the whole country shut down while others celebrate it.

    • K

      Actually small pox wiped out like 90% of the native Americans and the typical “pilgrim” that is featured for anything related to Thanksgiving is the Quakers who actually believed in equality. Yes the colonization of America was a dark time in history but every civilization of the world has had dark periods. Thanksgiving isn’t really about celebrating genocide, or celebrating the discovery of America even, it’s about being thankful for what you have. At least that’s my own interpretation of it

      • daisy-0

        Small pox was brought to native Americans by the pilgrims! Many infectious diseases we’re brought to America by Europeans!

        • K

          Yes but the Europeans didn’t even know they carried small pox

          • peretz12

            Umm they actually gave blankets they knew were infected with small pox to the Natives wi the purpose to kill them…. that’s just something obviously not taught in grade school history class 🙄

            • peretz12

              Well maybe it was high school. I can’t recall now if it was in my high school or college history class I was told that. I just remembering being horrified by that

  19. ani

    i know you mean well but why is this breaking news? I mean will the bank accounts suffer? No. Will people go nuts because one day it’s closed. No? this is going to happen more with many stores and rightfully so. This pandemic has shown us 24-7 accessibility isn’t always necessary. Closed means Closed. And that’s good in the long run for businesses to clean, everyone to get a rest day/enjoy time at home/celebrate whatever.

    • Si

      I don’t think think that Walmart is using their closed time to clean, or at least my Walmart isn’t because it is just as dirty as it was (pre covid).

  20. AV

    Sad that it took a global pandemic for them to have some decency and start “caring” about their employees.

    • DebJ

      I’m guessing they’re closing on Thanksgiving BECAUSE of the pandemic. They know there’s a good chance it’ll still be here in November and they’re just temporarily making themselves look good. I don’t believe for a second they’re closing for their employees. Nope.

  21. E

    Good! More stores should follow! Take time off to be thankful and grateful for what we have, not for rushing out to buy more.

  22. Susan

    That’s great news, but employees who work in distribution centers will still have to work in order to kept up with increased online orders

  23. Big Heart

    While I understand thinking that it is a good idea. Just remember some people want to work. Same people need the extra money. Some people don’t have family. Some people will be alone and depressed . Shopping might be one thing that might help.

  24. JJ

    Awesome news

  25. Csandst1

    So glad! This is a miracle and I hope it becomes corporate policy.

  26. Kathy Watson

    I am very happy the employees will be off. However, I don’t really give Walmart “credit” for doing it for the employees, the pandemic is the reason…

  27. Cheryl

    I used to work target when we were still closed on thanksgiving and opted at midnight Friday morning. We had to work all day thanksgiving to prepare for Black Friday. Employees will still be working thanksgiving. But customers won’t be able to shop. That’s the only difference.

  28. Carrie

    That’s awesome. Get back to family time

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