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Old 11-16-2015, 02:45 PM
 
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This may sound a little odd, but I'd like to know possible activities on Thanksgiving.
I'll be passing by on way to home (Europe) from a business trip, and arriving Wednesday evening. Staying until Sunday, but there will be Thanksgiving and Black Friday in-between.
Besides driving around to check the area: Are restaurants open? Is there any special activity going on due to the holiday?

Thanks for your suggestions!
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Old 11-16-2015, 03:17 PM
 
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Irish Pubs are almost always open (as are Chinese and some other ethnic places). Sadly, Tir Na Nog is closing for good on 11/24, just a couple days before T-day. It's a good place to hang with the other heathens (said with a wink). My guess is most 'drinking friendly establishments will be open that night, and Friday will be wide open.

For Friday, I plan to do a long walk on the Nuese River Trail, explore falls dam for a while, and then have a pint or two at White Street in Wake Forest (quaint town, with a few old-school places to get food). Just something different to show the family, and to get out and burn off some turkey...
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Old 11-18-2015, 02:29 PM
 
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Thanks! Sounds like I'll at least not stay thirsty.
How about stores and business in general on Black Friday? Is everything open as usual? I'm aware of the Black Friday shopping craze, but would like to know if that means only shops with special sales will be open or if Friday is basically a normal business day for everything.
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Old 11-18-2015, 02:32 PM
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Thanks! Sounds like I'll at least not stay thirsty.
How about stores and business in general on Black Friday? Is everything open as usual? I'm aware of the Black Friday shopping craze, but would like to know if that means only shops with special sales will be open or if Friday is basically a normal business day for everything.
Black Friday is a normal day. Everything will be open.
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Old 11-18-2015, 02:57 PM
 
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Black Friday is a normal day. Everything will be open.
I would say it's NOT a normal day...some stores are open from midnight on Thursday or 5/6 am on Friday...people going nuts over 50" TV's and what not.

Basically, they will be open earlier than expected and expect bigger crowds...
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Old 11-18-2015, 03:40 PM
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I would say it's NOT a normal day...some stores are open from midnight on Thursday or 5/6 am on Friday...people going nuts over 50" TV's and what not.

Basically, they will be open earlier than expected and expect bigger crowds...
Haha. Well the OP was asking if it's normal as in will everything be open like any other day.
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Old 11-18-2015, 04:27 PM
 
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Lots, though not all, restaurants are open on Thanksgiving if you want the full on American Thanksgiving meal (turkey and cranberries and all). A lot of people stay home and cook their own feast, but more and more people go out and splurge on a Thanksgiving buffet. Here's a list of restaurants open in Raleigh on Thanksgiving: Triangle restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner | News & Observer and yes almost EVERYTHING will be open on "Black Friday". Personally, I view it as a day to stay away from the stores and try not to shop at all, but some people love it. Just try not to get trampled at Walmart.
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Old 11-19-2015, 07:09 AM
 
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Haha. Well the OP was asking if it's normal as in will everything be open like any other day.
Except for REI and a few others that have announced they will not be open that day.
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Old 11-19-2015, 07:39 AM
 
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If you don't want to see American culture at its worst stay far away from Wal-Mart on Black Friday.
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Old 11-19-2015, 07:56 AM
 
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I'm hoping some of the movie theatres will also be open. For the first time in 26 years, my son will not be home for Thanksgiving so I'll be looking for something to take my mind off my empty nest. :-(
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