Are Stores Open on Thanksgiving 2021? Opening Hours for Walmart, CVS, Costco and More

Thanksgiving is a federal holiday, which means many public institutions will be closed so families can come together for the festivities.

Most stores in the U.S. are not public, however, meaning they have a choice over whether or not they remain open.

The majority of businesses choose to close on Thanksgiving Day, to allow employees to be with their loved ones, but this is not always the case.

From Costco to Target, Newsweek breaks down the Thanksgiving opening hours for some of the nation's biggest stores.

Are Stores Are Open on Thanksgiving 2021?

  • Best Buy - Closed on Thanksgiving Day.
  • Big Lots - Some stores will remain open on Thanksgiving Day. Contact your local store or look on the Big Lots store locator to find out if your nearest branch is open.
  • Costco - Closed on Thanksgiving Day.
  • CVS - Some stores will remain open on Thanksgiving Day. Contact your local store or look on the CVS store locator to find out if your nearest branch is open.
  • Dicks' Sporting Goods - Closed on Thanksgiving Day.
  • Dollar General - Some stores will remain open on Thanksgiving Day. Contact your local store or look on the Dollar General store locator to find out if your nearest branch is open.
  • JC Penney - Closed on Thanksgiving Day.
  • Kohl's - Closed on Thanksgiving Day.
  • Macy's - Closed on Thanksgiving Day.
  • Nordstrom - Closed on Thanksgiving Day.
  • Ralph's - Some stores will remain open on Thanksgiving Day. Contact your local store or look on the Ralph's store locator to find out if your nearest branch is open.
  • Sam's Club - Closed on Thanksgiving Day.
  • Sears - Some stores will remain open on Thanksgiving Day. Contact your local store or look on the Sears store locator to find out if your nearest branch is open.
  • Target - Closed on Thanksgiving Day.
  • T.J. Maxx - Closed on Thanksgiving Day.
  • Trader Joe's - Closed on Thanksgiving Day.
  • Ulta - Closed on Thanksgiving Day.
  • Walgreens - Some stores will remain open on Thanksgiving Day. Contact your local store or look on the Walgreens store locator to find out if your nearest branch is open.
  • Walmart - Closed on Thanksgiving Day.
  • Whole Foods Market - Some stores will remain open on Thanksgiving Day. Contact your local store or look on the Whole Foods Market store locator to find out if your nearest branch is open.

For the stores that have some branches open, the best way to find out their specific opening hours is by consulting your local store, as opening times will differ from branch to branch.

Other than stores, most public offices are closed, such as the United States Postal Service (USPS) which resumes its service on Black Friday.

Similarly, many banks are closed on Thanksgiving, as well as federal offices.

A Walmart store in New Jersey, U.S.
The exterior of a Walmart store in North Bergen, New Jersey, seen on August 23, 2020. Getty Images