Is CVS Open on Thanksgiving?

Anderson - Circa April 2018: CVS Pharmacy Retail Location.
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Swing by your local CVS store during the holidays, and you’ll be greeted by a well-lit store and a parking lot with at least a few cars in it — as long as you visit during regular business hours. Yes, CVS will be open every day throughout the holiday season, with some stores staying open 24 hours.

What this means for you is that you’ll have a backup plan if you need to buy last-minute first aid supplies, gifts, party supplies or snacks. However, hours may vary from store to store, so make sure your nearest CVS is open before you head out. Here’s what you need to know about CVS Thanksgiving hours for 2023.

Is CVS Open on Thanksgiving?

CVS stores are open on Thanksgiving, providing a convenient option for last-minute needs during the holiday. However, CVS Thanksgiving hours may vary, and some locations might operate with reduced hours. To ensure that your local CVS can serve you on Thanksgiving, it’s a wise idea to check with your specific store for their holiday hours. This precaution will help you avoid any unexpected closures or reduced service times.

When Does CVS Open?

Regular hours for CVS stores vary by location, but typically, stores are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Some locations are open 24 hours, and some close as early as 8 p.m. or as late as 12 a.m.

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CVS pharmacies are typically open fewer hours than the rest of the store, though some locations are also 24 hours. CVS pharmacy hours tend to be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday with reduced hours on the weekends.

CVS Holiday Hours

CVS caters to its customers even during holidays, with most stores staying open to meet your emergency and last-minute needs. Here’s a look at CVS holiday hours for 2023.

Holiday Date Is CVS Open or Closed?
New Year’s Day Sunday, Jan. 1 Open
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday, Jan. 16 Open
President’s Day Monday, Feb. 20 Open
Good Friday Friday, April 7 Open
Easter Sunday Sunday, April 9 Open
Memorial Day Monday, May 29 Open
Juneteenth Monday, June 19 Open
Independence Day Tuesday, July 4 Open
Labor Day Monday, Sep. 4 Open
Columbus Day
Indigenous Peoples’ Day
Monday, Oct. 9 Open
Veterans Day Saturday, Nov. 11 Open
Day Before Thanksgiving Wednesday, Nov. 22 Open
Thanksgiving Day Thursday, Nov. 23 Open
Day After Thanksgiving Friday, Nov. 24 Open
Christmas Eve Sunday, Dec. 24 Open
Christmas Day Monday, Dec. 25 Open
Day After Christmas (Boxing Day) Tuesday, Dec. 26 Open
New Year’s Eve Sunday, Dec. 31 Open

When Is CVS Closed?

Most CVS stores will remain open on all holidays, though some may have reduced hours or close for the day, and some will close the pharmacy or photo counter on holidays. To make sure the services you need are available, it’s a good idea to check the store locator or call ahead.

Will MinuteClinic Be Open?

Many of the MinuteClinic locations will be open as well, according to CVS customer service, but you should call ahead to avoid making a wasted trip. For the phone number and location of the MinuteClinic nearest you, use CVS’s MinuteClinic locator.

MinuteClinic hours vary by day and location.

Special Store Hours

Note that select CVS locations reserve certain hours for at-risk customers. Typically, these hours are 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on weekdays, though weekend hours vary and not all stores set aside the same time. Drive-thrus remain open to all customers during reserved hours.

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Holiday Return Policy at CVS

CVS allows returns of most new, unopened items within 60 days for an exchange or refund, though there are exceptions — prescription medications and some health care items cannot be returned, for example, and neither can gift cards or prepaid phone cards. Returns can usually be made in a CVS store or through the mail.

CVS does not provide any different information for returns during the holiday season, so it’s best to return any items you no longer want within 60 days of purchase.

How To Find a CVS Near You

If you’re not familiar with CVS locations nearest you, all you have to do is use the CVS store locator to get details about the closest store, including its hours, address and phone number.

Final Take

Although most CVS locations will be open on major holidays, including Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, that doesn’t mean each store will follow its regular hours. Plus, if you need to use the services of a MinuteClinic during the holidays, you’ll want to confirm that it will be open before you make your way over. Always check the store locator for hours or call ahead to avoid any inconveniences.

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  • What holidays does CVS pay for?
    • CVS does not make its holiday pay publicly available, but its website does claim "paid holidays" as an employment benefit. It's likely that CVS offers holiday pay to employees working on any major holiday, like Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
  • Is CVS open on Thanksgiving?
    • Yes many CVS locations are open on Thanksgiving. However, some locations close or limit their hours or services, so it's a good idea to check your local store's hours before you make the trip.
  • Why is CVS open on Thanksgiving?
    • In an interview with Good Housekeeping, a CVS representative pointed to CVS locations providing essential medications as the reason it remains open on Thanksgiving.

Cynthia Measom contributed to the reporting for this article.

The article above was refined via automated technology and then fine-tuned and verified for accuracy by a member of our editorial team.

Schedules are subject to change and may vary by location. Information is accurate as of Nov. 22, 2023.

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