Families and friends will give thanks this year on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022.
Americans mark Thanksgiving as a holiday full of food, family and parades.
Since Thanksgiving Day always falls on a Thursday, many businesses also remain closed on Friday, making way for workers to enjoy a four-day weekend. Here’s a look at what will be open and closed Thanksgiving and Black Friday across the Lehigh Valley:
What began in 2020 with many stores abandoning the trend of opening for late-night Thanksgiving hours due to the coronavirus pandemic, continued into 2021. For most major retailers, this practice is continuing once again for 2022.
The region’s major shopping destinations also are closed, including Lehigh Valley Mall in Whitehall Township; Palmer Park Mall in Palmer Township; and The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley in Upper Saucon Township.
Some stores, however, do expect to be open on Thanksgiving. These include Big Lots, CVS, Dollar Tree, Dollar General and Rite Aid, according to their individual company websites, CountryLiving, GoodHouseKeeping and RetailMeNot.
On Black Friday, officially held on Friday, Nov. 25, all stores are expected to remain open — many with extended hours.
The National Retail Federation (NRF) expects holiday sales during November and December to grow between 6% and 8% over 2021, for a total of about $943 billion and $960 billion in sales. Last year’s holiday sales grew 13.5% over 2020 and totaled about $889 billion, shattering previous records, according to the NRF.
For early birds wanting to avoid waiting for hours in lines just to gain entry into a store, such chains as Kohls and Best Buy will be open at 5 a.m.; Walmart at 6 a.m.; and Target at 7 a.m. Lehigh Valley Mall opens at 6 a.m. Friday and Palmer Park Mall will open at 7 a.m. Friday (Boscov’s opens at 6 a.m. at Palmer Park).
The Promenade Shops will be open at 9 a.m. on Black Friday, but some stores and restaurants may have earlier hours.
Thanksgiving is a federal holiday, which means all state and federal government offices are closed.
All county and municipal offices in Northampton, Lehigh and Warren counties also are closed Thursday, Nov. 24. Northampton County will reopen its offices Friday, Nov. 25 for normal business hours; Lehigh County offices will remain closed Friday, Nov. 25, reopening Monday, Nov. 28; and Warren County offices also are closed Friday, Nov. 25, reopening Monday, Nov. 28.
The majority of municipal offices across the Lehigh Valley and northwest Jersey also are closed Friday, including Phillipsburg and the cities of Easton, Bethlehem and Allentown. Also closed Friday are Palmer Township, Forks Township and Wilson Borough, reopening Monday, Nov. 28.
The New York Stock Exchange is closed Thursday, Nov. 24, and will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25 said Peter Asch, corporate communications and archivist for the stock exchange. Nasdaq also is closed Thursday, Nov. 24, reopening from 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, according to its website.
The majority of banks are closed Thursday, including Fulton Bank, Santander, Bank of America, TD Bank, and Wells Fargo. Online banking and ATMs will remain open, though transactions such as transfers may not show up until Friday, Nov. 25.
The majority of Lehigh Valley supermarkets are open, such as Weis Markets, Giant Food Stores, and Wegmans, but will have shortened hours. ShopRite, 4701 Freemansburg Ave., in Bethlehem Township, however, is closed Thursday, Nov. 24, reopening from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25.
On Thursday, Nov. 24, Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores will be closed in Pennsylvania. On Friday, Nov. 25, some stores in Pennsylvania will open and close with extended holiday hours, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board says. Store locations and hours are available at FineWineAndGoodSpirits.com.
New Jersey liquor stores are privately owned and also likely will be closed, depending on the proprietors.
In New Jersey, the four branches of the Warren County Library system -- the Catherine Dickson Hofman in Blairstown; Southwest branch in Stewartsville; Headquarters Branch in Belvidere; and Northeast Branch in Independence Township -- will close at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, and remain closed until Monday, Nov. 28.
The Phillipsburg Free Public Library is closed Wednesday, Nov. 23 through Friday, Nov. 25, reopening Monday, Nov. 28. The Hackettstown Free Public Library will close at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23 through Friday, Nov. 25, reopening Saturday, Nov. 26. The WH Walters Free Public Library, in Alpha, is closed Thursday, Nov. 24 to Saturday, Nov. 26, reopening Monday, Nov. 28.
In Pennsylvania, the Easton Area Public Library and its Palmer branch in Palmer Township will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23 to Thursday, Nov. 24, reopening Friday, Nov. 25. The Hellertown Area Library is closed Thursday, Nov. 24 to Friday, Nov. 25, reopening at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 26.
The main branch of the Bethlehem library and the Southside branch will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23 to Friday, Nov. 25, reopening Saturday, Nov. 26. The Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity will be closing at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23 through Saturday, Nov. 26, reopening Monday, Nov. 28.
Some restaurants and larger chains remain open Thanksgiving, but with shortened hours. Select Starbucks locations will be among the chains that are open. Several mom and pops and smaller chains will be closed. It’s best to call ahead to check the hours of operation.
There will be no LANtaBus or LANtaVan services on Thursday, Nov. 24. All services resume on a normal operating schedule Friday, Nov 25.
Trans-Bridge on Thursday, Nov. 24 will have service for these routes: Allentown/Clinton/New York east to New York; Allentown/Clinton/New York west from New York; Doylestown/Flemington/New York west from New York service; to Newark Airport east; from Newark Airport west; and Wind Creek Bethlehem Casino. There will be no Doylestown/Flemington/New York east to New York service; Wall Street service; or Phillipsburg service.
TransBridge on Friday, Nov. 25 will have service for these routes: Allentown/Clinton/New York east to New York; Allentown/Clinton/New York west from New York; Doylestown/Flemington/New York east to New York; Doylestown/Flemington/New York west; Wind Creek Bethlehem Casino; and Wall Street service.
A full schedule for both days can be found here.
All New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission offices are closed Thursday, Nov. 24, reopening Friday, Nov. 25. The NJMVC.gov website, however, will be available for a variety of motor vehicle services. Nearly all in-person services at the Commission’s agencies require an appointment that must be scheduled online.
All Pennsylvania Department of Transportation driver license and photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, are closed Thursday, Nov. 24 and Friday Nov. 25, re-opening under normal business hours on Saturday, Nov. 26. Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services, including all forms, publications and driver training manuals, here. There are no additional fees for using online services.
Most schools across the Lehigh Valley are closed Thursday, Nov. 24, and Friday, Nov. 25. Some school districts will remain closed Monday, Nov. 28 even though the start of the firearms season for white-tailed deer is now the preceding Saturday.
U.S. Post Offices are closed Thursday, Nov. 24 but open Friday, Nov. 25. There will be no mail delivery Thursday.
Most community centers are closed Thursday, Nov. 24, but many reopen Friday, Nov. 25. Many communities host holiday tree-lighting ceremonies on either the Friday after Thanksgiving or during the weekends that follow.
The Hanover Township Community Center is hosting its Tree Lighting Ceremony from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2. Forks Township is holding its Holiday Festival and Annual Tree Lighting from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 at the amphitheater, said Rachel Sulzbach, director of parks and recreation.
Palmer Township is hosting its tree lighting ceremony from 6:15 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Charles Chrin Community Center. Nazareth is hosting its annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 at the borough’s Center Square.
Most gas stations and some convenience stores remain open on Thanksgiving.
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