Thanksgiving Day: What’s open, what’s closed

Strict "Blue Laws" in Massachusetts prohibit most store openings

This Oct. 14, 2016, photo shows some of the food from a Thanksgiving dinner from Martha & Marley Spoon in New York. (AP Photo/Bree Fowler)
This Oct. 14, 2016, photo shows some of the food from a Thanksgiving dinner from Martha & Marley Spoon in New York. (AP Photo/Bree Fowler)

(WWLP) – Thanksgiving Day is a traditional American holiday celebrating family, togetherness, and gratitude for the things that we have. It is one of the most widely celebrated holidays in the country, and as a result, nearly all non-emergency government services are unavailable, and most private employers give their workers the day off. Massachusetts has particularly strict “Blue Laws” that prohibit most store openings on Thanksgiving night, which have become commonplace in most states in recent years. The laws in neighboring Connecticut and New Hampshire are less strict, and many big-box and mall stores will be opening early there for Black Friday.

Here is a look at what is open, and what is not, on Thanksgiving Day:

  • Banks: Closed
  • Federal Offices: Closed
  • Libraries: Closed
  • Liquor Stores: Closed
  • Malls (Connecticut): Most open at 6:00 P.M. – Click here for specific Black Friday hours
  • Malls (Massachusetts): Closed – Click here for Black Friday opening times
  • Municipal Offices: Closed
  • Pharmacies: Most chain pharmacies open (hours may vary)
  • Post Office: Closed- No mail delivery
  • Public Transit: Unavailable – BRTA, FRTA, and PVTA not operating Thursday
  • Registry of Motor Vehicles: Closed
  • State Offices: Closed
  • Supermarkets: Closed
  • Restaurants: Most closed, some serving dinner or providing takeout, however
  • Retail Stores (Connecticut & N.H.): Some open Thursday night – Click here for specific hours
  • Retail Stores (Massachusetts) : Closed – Click here for Black Friday opening times
  • Stock Market: Closed

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