The Best And Worst Times To Do Things For Thanksgiving

As you plot how to successfully pull off Thanksgiving, Google Maps has data telling us when we should and shouldn't do certain things.

Tracking last year's data, Google Maps wants to help us avoid lines, traffic, and overall headaches.

Pro-tip: If you hate lines and crowds, avoid the grocery store, bakery, malls and other stores Wednesday evening.

  • Bakery - Best time: Tuesday at 7 p.m. (least crowded); Worst time: Wednesday at noon (most crowded)
  • Grocery store - Best time: Tuesday at 9 p.m. (least crowded); Worst time: Wednesday at 5 p.m. (most crowded)
  • Liquor store - Best time: Tuesday at 10 p.m. (least crowded); Worst time: Wednesday at 6 pm. (most crowded)
  • Shopping center - Best time: Thursday (Thanksgiving day) at 7 a.m. (least crowded); Worst time: Wednesday at 4 p.m. (most crowded)
  • On Black Friday the best time is 7 a.m., while the worst time is 3 p.m.
  • Movie theater - Best time: Tuesday at 11 a.m. (least crowded); Worst time: Tuesday at 6 p.m. (most crowded)
  • Travelings - Nationally, we see that the day before Thanksgiving, between 3 and 4 p.m. is the worst time to hit the road, but traffic clears up significantly by 6 a.m. Thanksgiving morning.

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