Is McDonald’s Open on Thanksgiving?

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The turkey is roasting, the pies are cooling, the potatoes are mashing and the stuffing is, well, stuffing. You have thought of every detail, sprinkled every sprig of rosemary and chopped every eye-watering onion. Basically, you have prepared the ultimate Thanksgiving feast. Now as you set your table with autumnally colored leaves and candles, you realize you may have forgotten one simple thing. What are you and your family going to eat before you eat?

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Dinner is hours away and yet you have a houseful of hungry mouths to feed. The kitchen is occupied and overflowing with what will be a Thanksgiving bounty, so cooking something on the fly is out of the question. You need something simple, something quick and something affordable. You need McDonald’s. 

Nothing is the beacon for an emergency meal more than the golden arches of McDonald’s. Whether you opt to walk in or drive through, you can have a meal for everyone in your crew in minutes. Sure, McDonald’s is convenient, but is it open on Thanksgiving?

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McDonald’s Is Open on Thanksgiving 2022

If you are traveling to your Thanksgiving destination, nothing quite says a holiday road trip like swinging through the McDonald’s drive-thru and getting your tried and true favorites. McDonald’s is open on Thanksgiving so you can keep this tradition alive. 

There are many restaurants open on Thanksgiving, but few will be as easy and downright comforting as McDonald’s. It is there if you need a quick coffee or something more substantial to hold you over before you devour your dinner. McDonald’s holiday hours of operation may vary from location to location so make sure you check with your local restaurant by calling or by referring to the store locator information on the McDonald’s website. 

What To Eat at McDonald’s on Thanksgiving

On Thanksgiving you might be up early enough to get a breakfast sandwich in McMuffin or McGriddle form, then add some hash browns. You could even be a hero and pick some up for everyone. If it’s closer to lunch, a Big Mac and fries combo never goes out of style, maybe even some chicken nuggets, and no one has to know you got an apple pie. You can have pie at any meal you like on Thanksgiving. It’s the eater’s holiday. 

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Whether you do not want to deal with making breakfast, or Thanksgiving is just another Thursday to you and you want a Happy Meal, having McDonald’s be open on Thanksgiving takes some of the guesswork out of what your easy next meal will be. 

Thanksgiving Hours FAQ

  • Does McDonald's open on Thanksgiving?
    • Yes, McDonald's restaurants will be open on Thanksgiving 2022. Holiday hours may vary by location so be sure to check with your local McDonald's first for their hours of operation.
  • Is McDonald's open on Christmas Day in the U.S.?
    • Only a few McDonald's will be open on Christmas Day. You can see if the McDonald's near you will be open on Christmas by using the store locator on the fast food chain's website.
  • Is McDonald's open on New Year's Eve?
    • McDonald's will be open on New New Year's Eve during its normal hours of operation of 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. or 11 p.m. depending on the location. It will also be open on New Year's Day during its normal hours of operation.
  • Is Walmart open on Thanksgiving?
    • Walmart stores will be closed on Thanksgiving 2022. Though in the past Walmart has been open on Thanksgiving, they have closed their doors every Thanksgiving since 2020.
  • Is Starbucks open on Thanksgiving?
  • What grocery stores are open on Thanksgiving?
    • Acme
    • Albertsons
    • C-Town
    • Carrs
    • Cub Foods
    • Cumberland Farms
    • Fairway Market
    • Food Lion
    • Fred Meyer
    • The Fresh Market
    • Fry's Food Stores
    • Giant Food
    • Hannaford
    • Harris Teeter
    • H-E-B
    • Hy-Vee
    • King Soopers
    • Kroger
    • Martin's
    • Piggly Wiggly
    • Ralphs
    • Safeway
    • Save A Lot
    • Sedano's
    • Sprouts
    • Stop & Shop
    • Smith's Food and Drug
    • Vons
    • Wawa
    • Wegmans
    • Whole Foods
  • What restaurants are open on Thanksgiving 2022?
    • Applebees
    • Bob Evans
    • Boston Market
    • Buffalo Wild Wings
    • Burger King
    • Chart House
    • Cracker Barrel
    • Del Frisco's Grille
    • Denny's
    • Domino's
    • Dunkin' Donuts
    • Einstein Bros. Bagels
    • Fleming's Prime Steak House
    • Golden Corral
    • Hardee's
    • IHOP
    • Legal Sea Foods
    • Maggiano's Little Italy
    • McCormick & Schmick's
    • McDonald's
    • Morton's Steak House
    • Popeyes
    • Romano's Macaroni Grill
    • Ruth's Chris Steak House
    • Seasons 52
    • Shoney's
    • Sizzler
    • Sonic
    • Starbucks
    • Subway
    • TGI Fridays
    • Waffle House
    • Wendy's
    • Whataburger
    • White Castle

Information is accurate as of Nov. 24, 2022.

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