Is Black Friday Canceled This Year? Here's What You Need to Know

Katie Bourque
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Photo credit: andreswd - Getty Images
Photo credit: andreswd - Getty Images

From Good Housekeeping

Black Friday deals are still on. Big ticket items from your favorite stores are already on sale for far below their usual prices at Amazon, Walmart, Wayfair, and more. However, like just about everything this year, the COVID-19 pandemic is going to change the Black Friday experience in 2020. So if you have your heart set on finding some major deals this fall, here's everything you need to know about Black Friday 2020.

When is Black Friday?

Thanksgiving falls on November 26th this year, and since Black Friday always lands on the day after Thanksgiving, that means Black Friday will officially be held on November 27th, 2020. However, not all of your regular shopping haunts are going to be opening their doors on Black Friday in 2020 — and that's why several major retailers have started weeks ago, and sales are happening as we speak.

Is Black Friday canceled because of the coronavirus?

No, but the shopping experience is way different now than ever before. If you still plan on shopping in-store this year, you're going to want to call ahead and confirm that they're going to be open on the big day. As a general rule, you can assume most stores will have COVID-19 safety protocols in place and limits on how many people will be allowed in the building at once, so endless lines and door-buster stampedes are going to be a thing of the past. (As always, make sure that you're shopping safely and wearing a mask!)

That said, in the past few weeks we've seen that most stores are pushing their online Black Friday sales more than ever — and they're literally happening right now.

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What time does Black Friday start?

Usually, most brick-and-mortar stores and online shopping sites start their Black Friday deals at midnight on Thanksgiving night, and some have even opened their doors as early as 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving. However, several major chains stated that they will be fully closed on Thanksgiving this year, and some plan to re-open the following day. So far, the list of stores that will be closed on Thanksgiving in 2020 but open on Black Friday includes:

What are the best Black Friday deals in 2020?

Walmart, Lululemon and Amazon Black Friday deals have officially begun, and other major retailers like Apple are waiting until day of to release their deals. Below is a detailed list of deals we know about and think you'd enjoy.

These are the best deals you can shop now, and the savings you can look forward to for Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and beyond:

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