Black Friday sales extends to State Parks now.
Minnesota is following the lead of REI, motivating people to go outside on Black Friday and not spend time in malls.
The entrance fees to all 76 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas will be waived on Friday, Nov. 27 for “Free Park Friday,” encouraging Minnesotans to spend time outdoors, and with family, on the day after Thanksgiving.
“At a time of year when Minnesotans pause to give thanks, I am so grateful for the incredible state parks and trails we have here in Minnesota,” said Lt. Gov. Tina Smith. “Visiting these parks is a great way to spend time with family and loved ones, relieve stress, and enjoy exercise in the great outdoors.”
This is a great promotion to get people out into nature. We cover Black Friday since years and consumers can get their Black Friday deal hunting done on Thanksgiving Day, buy just shopping online. The hot doorbuster deals like the $149.99 49-inch Toshiba TV from Best Buy will only end up in the hands of a few die-hard Black Friday shoppers. Most of the best Black Friday deals can be found online, if the shopping is done early enough.
We have seen it today with the Sam's Club November 14 sale. The deals went live at midnight Central, but only started to sell out when most Americans had their first coffee. With a little effort of getting up early or staying up late can already make a big difference in getting the best Black Friday deals. On top of that people have all day Black Friday to do something else, like going into a State Park - for free.
Minnesotans are lucky and live on average only 30 miles away from a State Park. The DNR website points to the 76 state parks and recreation areas.
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Outdoors retailer REI announced last month to keep stores closed on Black Friday and give employees paid time off to enjoy the outdoors.