Happy Thanksgiving, Minnesota!
Here's what's open and closed around the state today.
Banks: Closed on Thanksgiving, though most will be open Black Friday.
Federal and state services: Closed.
City offices: Closed.
Malls and retail stores: Some are open, some are closing. You can find our list of Thanksgiving Day mall openings here, and standalone stores here.
Grocery stores: It varies from store to store – some are 24-hour stores (like many Cub Foods), some will have reduced hours (Whole Foods will be open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., some Hy-Vees are closing at 2 p.m., some at 3 p.m., Target and Walmart open later at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. respectively), while others (Aldi, Costco, Sam's Club) won't open at all.
Parking meters: Parking meters in most cities won't be enforced on Thanksgiving. In Minneapolis, for example, metered parking will be free on both Thursday and Black Friday, however meters run by the Park Board and the University of Minnesota will still be in operation, as well private companies that run their own meters.
Transit: In the Twin Cities, Metro Transit buses and the light rail will follow Sunday/Holiday schedules on Thanksgiving Day. They will also operate a reduced service on Black Friday, with fares reduced to Saturday levels, and buses will follow Saturday routes. There will be no Northstar trains on Thanksgiving.
The Minnesota Valley Transit Authority will only run Route 495 and the Metro Red Line on Thanksgiving Day, while some routes will resume on Friday albeit on a reduced service. More info here.
Garbage/recycling collection: If Thursday is your garbage/recycling pickup day, you won't see any service on Thanksgiving, and it will most likely be pushed back a day to Friday.
Those who get theirs collection on Friday can expect it to be pushed back to Monday.
The South Transfer Station in Minneapolis will also be closed Thanksgiving, though will re-open on Friday.
Post Offices: They will be closed for Thanksgiving but will open for Black Friday. Deliveries will return to normal schedules on Friday. Delivery services like FedEx and UPS will also be closed.
Schools and universities: Most public schools and universities will be closed on Thanksgiving.
Public libraries: Closed.