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Old 11-07-2014, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Haarlem (Netherlands)
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As some of you might have read, my fiancee and I are moving to Philly. We are arriving late in the day on the 26th of November. This means our first 2 days will be; Thanksgiving and black Friday (A colleague mentioned this today)

So how will this impact our first days. is everything closed on Thanksgiving? We planned to check out some apartments and cars, but I'm not sure now this would be the best day. Also, we need to buy everything (shipping some books and vinyls, but no furniture or anything). Should we put the fact that we arrive at this day to use buy buying everything with discount, or should we make sure to stay out of everybody's way?

Thanks in advance for your advice!
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Old 11-07-2014, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Mostly everything will be closed on Thanksgiving. Black Friday is going to be chaos for shopping. I would wait until after these two days to get everything going.
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Old 11-07-2014, 01:06 PM
 
Location: Capitol Hill - Washington, DC
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Thanksgiving is a national US holiday so any governmental services will be closed and I would guess that most of what you need to get done will be closed as well. Apartments it depends if it's an individual LL, but chances are you won't be able to check any of those out on Thanksgiving. If you are driving around, there will be many road closures for the parade - The 2014 Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade Set For Thursday, November 27 With Massive Balloons, Huge Floats, Marching Bands, Special Guests And Much More | Uwishunu - Philadelphia Blog About Things to Do, Events, Restaurants, Food, Nightlife and M

I hate Black Friday with a fiery passion and refuse to take part in the monstrosity that has turned Americans into greedy must-have-that people that trample over others to save a few bucks. But that rant could go on forever You can try shopping on Black Friday, but just know that it's absolutely insane and people have no regard for others. I would hate for that to be your first real shopping experience in the states. You may be better off waiting till later in the day on Black Friday as most of the deals start super early, so as the day drags on, all the crazies have usually gone home, lol.
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Old 11-07-2014, 01:12 PM
 
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Totally agree with the above comments, just want to add that you can still get some great online deals leading up to Black Friday. Can be a good way to save money on furniture or electronics without having to face the in-store chaos.
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Old 11-07-2014, 02:46 PM
 
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In terms of doing work/seeing apartments etc. I wouldn't count on it either of those first 2 days. Both Thursday and (to a lesser extent) Friday are days where Americans do little but eat, sleep, drink, relax and watch football. If I were you, I'd have some fun and embrace it.

On Friday, If you want to get in on some of the action, I'd recommend doing a Walnut Street shopping trip, enjoy Rittenhouse Square, grab a glass of wine at Tria, slurp some oysters at aBar, grab a bite at Parc. Enjoy the bustle, embrace the chaos!

Save the heavy-lifting for Saturday.
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Old 11-07-2014, 07:11 PM
 
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As some of you might have read, my fiancee and I are moving to Philly. We are arriving late in the day on the 26th of November. This means our first 2 days will be; Thanksgiving and black Friday (A colleague mentioned this today)

So how will this impact our first days. is everything closed on Thanksgiving? We planned to check out some apartments and cars, but I'm not sure now this would be the best day. Also, we need to buy everything (shipping some books and vinyls, but no furniture or anything). Should we put the fact that we arrive at this day to use buy buying everything with discount, or should we make sure to stay out of everybody's way?

Thanks in advance for your advice!
You haven't said where you are staying while you look for apartments, etc.? Or maybe I missed it in another thread. Just curious.
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Old 11-08-2014, 10:33 AM
 
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Stay away from King of Prussia on Black Friday
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Old 11-08-2014, 12:13 PM
 
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All right, to answer your question:

The first 4 days we're staying in a Hotel in CC on Walnut street.

Thanks for all the advice, I think we'll just try to enjoy Black Friday from a distance. Can you just get food on Thanksgiving? I mean, are restaurants open or did you have to make a reservation months in advance?
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Old 11-08-2014, 12:20 PM
 
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Can you just get food on Thanksgiving? I mean, are restaurants open or did you have to make a reservation months in advance?
You'll find some places closed and others open for business. Just depends on the restaurant, but I am sure you will find something in Center City. If you are worried about Thanksgiving day, call a few places that sound good ahead of time to see if they're open and require reservations.

This still needs to be updated for 2014, but should give you some ideas:

Thanksgiving Dinner at Philadephia Restaurants — Visit Philadelphia — visitphilly.com
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Old 11-08-2014, 12:35 PM
 
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In terms of doing work/seeing apartments etc. I wouldn't count on it either of those first 2 days. Both Thursday and (to a lesser extent) Friday are days where Americans do little but eat, sleep, drink, relax and watch football. If I were you, I'd have some fun and embrace it.

On Friday, If you want to get in on some of the action, I'd recommend doing a Walnut Street shopping trip, enjoy Rittenhouse Square, grab a glass of wine at Tria, slurp some oysters at aBar, grab a bite at Parc. Enjoy the bustle, embrace the chaos!

Save the heavy-lifting for Saturday.
Also ice skating at Dilworth Park starts 11/14/14. And the RiverRink Winterfest starts 11/28/14.
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