Black Friday Shopping 2018 in Washington, D.C.

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On Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, many Washington, D.C. area retailers open their doors very early to attract shoppers with special deals and bargains for the holiday season. Some shopping malls and large retailers are opening earlier than ever before, on Thursday afternoon and evening. Below are the advertised hours for Black Friday for some of the most popular places to shop in the Washington, D.C. area. Please note that not all locations in the DC metro area participate in early openings, so please call ahead or check the official website.<br/>Looking for some creative gift ideas? Shop online and avoid the crowds.

Black Friday Store Hours

  • J. C. Penney opens at 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
  • Old Navy - TBD
  • Best Buy opens at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
  • Kohls opens at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
  • Macy's opens at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
  • Michaels opens at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
  • Dick's Sporting Goods opens at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
  • Walmart opens at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
  • Clarksburg Premium Outlets opens at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving. It is open from 12 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Black Friday.
  • Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets opens at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving. It is open from 12 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Black Friday.
  • Tanger Outlets at National Harbor opens at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
  • Bowie Town Center opens at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
  • St. Charles Towne Center is open from 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving to 1 a.m. It opens early on Friday at 6 a.m.
  • Fashion Center at Pentagon City is open from 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving to midnight. It is open early from 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Black Friday.
  • Sears opens at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
  • Potomac Mills Mall opens at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
  • Target opens at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
  • Tysons Corner Center opens at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving. It is open from 12 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Black Friday.

Other Places to Shop on the Holidays

Dozens of Old Town Alexandria’s independently owned retailers are opening for Black Friday 2018 at 6 a.m. The Free King Street Trolley will begin operating at 6 a.m. The City of Alexandria is offering free parking at parking meters and in all city-owned garages and parking lots as a special incentive for shoppers. Garages will open at 6 a.m. with free parking all day. Check out where else to shop in Alexandria and where to pick up your holiday gifts in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.

Tips for Black Friday Shopping

  • Go early and expect lines. Even if you show up hours before opening times, there will probably be lines out the door. So dress warmly and prepare to wait.
  • Study the ads—in print and online—the weekend before Thanksgiving to look for the best deals on the items you'd like to buy. Newspapers are a great place to find local Black Friday savings and clip out coupons (bring the print ads to the store just in case they need proof). There are also many Android and iOS apps that can help you search for the best sales. Some can even tell you the best times and routes to the stores as well as alert you when an item you are interested in drops in price.
  • Plan and prioritize exactly where you want to shop. Extreme shoppers may even want to check the maps of shopping centers to figure out the fastest way to go store to store.
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