There are two types of people: Those who prepare everything 3 days in advance for Thanksgiving and those who procrastinate until they’re running around like headless turkeys the night before. Nevertheless, you’d better be prepared this year, as Walmart has joined other retail giants in shutting up shop for Thanksgiving Day…
The procrastinators are going to have to get moving because Walmart has announced they won’t be open for “Turkey Day” this year. The retail giant declared that for the second year in a row on Thursday, November 25, they will be closed.
Last Friday, as a thank you for the hard work that employees have put into the last year, Walmart announced it had plans to shut up shop in November for Thanksgiving. This tradition appears to have begun last year when the stores shut after a turbulent couple of months as a thank you for the hard work over 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,” Walmart founder Sam Walton said.
“Our people make the difference, and that’s never been more true than it is right now,” Dacona Smith, executive vice president, and the chief operating officer said in a statement. “Closing our stores on Thanksgiving Day is one way we’re saying ‘thank you to our teams for their dedication and hard work this year. We hope everyone will take the opportunity to be with their loved ones during what’s always a special time.”
Though Walmart isn’t the only one announcing its plans for the late holiday season.
Back in January, Target similarly announced plans to close on Thanksgiving Day. However, this isn’t a thank you, but instead an effort to control crowds around the busiest season of the year.
“The response was so positive that we’ll carry it forward this year, keeping our Target stores closed all day long on Thanksgiving Day,” the post reads. Prior to 2020, Target had not been closed on Thanksgiving Day since 2011.
However, do not fret, Black Friday is still happening…
The day of super sales – which kicked off online at midnight and in-stores at 5 am last year—is set for November 26, though Walmart has yet to announce the official hours. “Stores will operate regular posted hours on Wednesday, November 24. Information about store hours for Friday, November 26, will be announced at a later date,” the company said.
More Americans travel to be with family at Thanksgiving than for any other holiday, including Christmas.
The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 over a 3-day harvest festival. It included fifty Pilgrims, ninety Wampanoag Indians, and lasted 3 days. It is believed by historians that only 5 women were present. Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday on October 3, 1863. Sarah Josepha Hale, the woman who wrote “Mary Had A Little Lamb,” convinced Lincoln to make Thanksgiving a national holiday after writing letters for seventeen years.
Will you be ready for Thanksgiving this year?