- Black Friday is not a bank holiday.
- Most major banks will be open on Black Friday.
- However, several credit unions recognize Black Friday as a holiday.
Black Friday ranks as one of the most popular shopping days of the year, so it’s important to know if you’ll have unrestricted access to your bank accounts. Held annually on the day after Thanksgiving, Black Friday 2018 falls on Nov. 23 this year. Serving as the official start of the holiday shopping season, many retailers will offer deep discounts that day, allowing you to save big both in stores and online.
Millions of people shopped during the 2017 Thanksgiving weekend. Black Friday was the most popular day for both online and retail store shoppers, garnering 77 million customers at brick-and-mortar locations, and up to 66 million people shopped online. Find out if your bank is open the day after Thanksgiving, so you can get the cash or banking assistance you need to help you avoid overspending on Black Friday.
Are Banks Open on Black Friday?
Many companies close on Black Friday to allow employees to spend time with loved ones or enjoy a day of chasing bargains, but Black Friday isn’t a federal holiday. Most banks are open Nov. 23 because it’s not one of the recognized bank holidays in 2018, but some might hold limited holiday hours. To avoid making a wasted trip to your local branch, call first to see if standard operating hours are in place.
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Credit Unions Closed on Black Friday
Eighteen states recognize the day after Thanksgiving as a holiday, according to the National Constitution Center, though not necessarily in honor of Black Friday. Both Indiana and New Mexico use the day to celebrate Lincoln’s Birthday, and Nevada has designated Nov. 23 as Family Day. Note that some financial institutions are closed for the day, and many banks and credit unions located in states that observe the day as a holiday will not be open.
The following credit unions are closed on Black Friday:
- Allegan Credit Union
- Mobiloil Credit Union
- Truliant Federal Credit Union
- Welcome Federal Credit Union
Banks and credit unions located in a state that recognizes the day after Thanksgiving as a holiday don’t always take the day off. For example, Pennsylvania observes it as a holiday but Pennsylvania-based First National Bank & Trust of Newtown is open.
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Banks Open on Black Friday
The following banks will be open on Black Friday, so you can rest easy if you need to do some banking the day after Thanksgiving. If Black Friday is a holiday recognized by your state, double-check with your local bank branch to make sure it’s open.
- Bank of America
- Bank of the West
- BBVA Compass Bank
- Capital One Bank
- Chase Bank
- Citizens Bank
- Comerica Bank
- Fifth Third Bank
- HSBC Bank
- Huntington Bank
- Huntington State Bank
- M&T Bank
- People’s United Bank
- PNC Bank
- Regions Bank
- Santander Bank
- SunTrust Bank
- TD Bank
- Union Bank
- U.S. Bank
- Wells Fargo
No major banks will be closed on Black Friday as they don’t recognize it as a bank holiday, but always call ahead of time to be certain you can get some Black Friday shopping cash if you need it. And even if your bank or credit union is closed, ATMs will still be available for use, and you can do most of your banking online if necessary.
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