Central Florida residents and visitors will find many things to do on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving 2020 will be different than ever before, but be thankful we live in Orlando where things will be open.

Of course, the theme parks will be open for business at reduced capacity and if Labor Day was a test - they should be as busy as possible.

If you don’t want to cook, that’s music to the ears of many local restaurants that are offering dinners or buffets.

Visitorlando.com has a list of who is open and what they are offering. Click here for the link.

USAtoday.com also has a list of chain restaurants that will be open for business. Click here for the link.

Some movie theaters will also be operating, double-check before you head out due to capacity rules.

While Publix, Winn Dixie, Walmart, Target, and Best Buy will be closed, some grocery stores and retailers will be open for shopping.

Good housekeeping.com posted this list on their website.

  • ACME: Typically open on Thanksgiving, but hours may very depending on location.
  • Big Lots: Last year, select locations were open 7 a.m. to midnight.
  • Dollar General: Stores will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Even though its prices are already crazy low, the discount chain still offers Black Friday deals.
  • Five Below: The store should open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving and stay open until 1 a.m. the following day.
  • Lilly Pulitzer: Select Lilly Pulitzer store locations will be open on Thanksgiving Day. Contact your local store for holiday hours.
  • Macy’s: Stores will open at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving and stay open through Saturday. It will not close at all on Friday.
  • Michaels: For any last-minute Thanksgiving crafting needs for the kids, Michaels historically opens at 6 p.m.
  • Old Navy: Most of the clothing stores will open at 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving and stay open through Black Friday.
  • Ulta: The beauty store usually opens at 6 p.m. on the holiday.
  • Victoria’s Secret: Most stores should be open at 5 p.m.
  • Walgreens: Stores are usually open on all holidays, but specific hours vary depending on the location. Most 24-hour stores should still remain open all day.
  • Whole Foods Market: All stores will be open this year, but customers are advised to check the website for specific hours closer to the actual date.

If you do not want to go anywhere, the 94th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will go on with changes according to Variety.com.

There will not be any marching bands or anyone under the age of 18 taking part in the event, but the balloons will be flying intermixed with several special pre-produced productions.

The event will interchange between live and pre-recorded sessions but will appear seamless, according to the article.

Also airing right after the parade will be the 2020 National Dog Show.

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