Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday mean a host of public services like trash collection, government offices and retailers closing for the holiday or changing their hours to accommodate shoppers looking for bargains or to give workers time with their families.
Many major retailers have decided to close their doors on Thanksgiving, moving away from the days of door-busters and Thursday evening chaos. In 2021, Target announced a permanent decision to close on Thanksgiving day.
The retailer closed on Thanksgiving Day in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and after positive feedback from workers and customers, the company decided to continue the practice indefinitely. Many retailers have made similar decisions.
We’ve compiled a list of closures and holiday hours for Thanksgiving Day in the Columbus area.
Public services and government closures
City and county offices will also have different hours to reflect the holiday.
Most City of Columbus offices will be closed Thanksgiving Day and open Friday. Most Franklin County government offices will be closed both Thursday and Friday.
Columbus Metropolitan Library locations will close at 6 p.m. Wednesday and will close for Thanksgiving but reopen Friday.
Trash collection changes
The City of Columbus will not collect trash on Thanksgiving. The weekly trash collection cycle will be rotated forward by one day following the holiday for those whose trash pickup is scheduled on or after Thursday.
For residents assigned a collection color, pickup rotates forward one day the week of the holiday:
Thursday, Nov. 23: No collectionFriday, Nov. 24: GoldMonday, Nov. 27: GrayTuesday, Nov. 28: NavyWednesday, Nov. 29: Pink Thursday, Nov. 30: Ruby
Weekly recycling and biweekly yard waste service with a collection day that falls on or after the holiday will get postponed by a day during Thanksgiving week. Friday’s collection is scheduled for Saturday.
What stores are open or closed?
TargetTarget will be closed on Thanksgiving day, which has been the company’s practice since 2020. Stores will open at 6 a.m. Friday and close at the regularly scheduled time.
WalmartWalmart locations will be closed on Thursday. Stores will be open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday.
KrogerKroger stores will close early on 5 p.m. Thursday, and will be open during regular hours for Black Friday.
CVSMost locations will close at 5 p.m. on Thursday and open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday.
CostcoCostco will be closed for Thanksgiving.
Walgreens24-hour Walgreens locations may be open for Thanksgiving, but other locations will close.
Trader Joe’sTrader Joe’s will be closed for Thanksgiving and open for regular business hours Friday.
MeijerMeijer will be open 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving day and will open 6 a.m. on Black Friday.
Whole FoodsMost Whole Foods locations will be open Thanksgiving but individual store hours will vary.
Big LotsMost Big Lots stores will be open 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving day and open at 6 a.m. on Black Friday.
Dollar TreeDollar Tree will be open Thanksgiving, but individual store hours may vary. Some stores will also be open for extended hours Friday.
Dollar GeneralDollar General will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving and Black Friday.
Family DollarFamily Dollar will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thanksgiving. Stores will open at 8 a.m. and close 9 p.m. Friday.
Lowe’s Lowe’s will be closed Thanksgiving day and open from 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Black Friday
The Home DepotThe Home Depot will not be open Thanksgiving but will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Black Friday.
Macy’sMacy’s stores will be open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Black Friday but will not be open on Thursday.
KholsKhols will be closed Thanksgiving Day and open early on Black Friday at 5 a.m.
JCPenneyJCPenney will be closed Thanksgiving and open at 5 a.m. on Black Friday.
Free parking on Thanksgiving
Drivers can park free at kiosks and meters on Thursday in Columbus. Parking restriction signage at some kiosks and meters will be enforced, including but not limited to morning and evening rush hours and zones marked for valets, taxis, loading, handicapped-only and residential permit parking areas.