Are Social Security offices open on Black Friday?

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It’s rare for a shopping spree to influence office closures outside of its industry, but you can’t underestimate the power and appeal of Black Friday. While shoppers will be in retail heaven on Nov. 25, those who need the services of the Social Security Administration (SSA) in person will be out of luck.

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Although it is not listed as one of the 11 federal holidays on which its offices are closed (which includes Thanksgiving Day on Nov. 24), Social Security offices will be not be open on Black Friday.

The only Social Security offices open on Black Friday will be those holding in-person hearings. So if you have a pending appeal hearing scheduled for November 25th in person, that’s still happening.

However, as the SSA notes, doing business with them online has never been easier. Many questions about retirement, disability, SSI and Medicare benefits can be answered online through the my Social Security account and on the SSA website and Social Security Matters blog.

Register for my The Social Security Account will open up immediate and convenient access to important information and resources about your retirement benefits, whether you’re planning for your future or managing your current benefits.

Even if you are not receiving benefits, you can check the status of your application and get pension benefit estimates for you and your spouse via my Social Security. If you’re already receiving benefits, you can change your address or direct deposit information, access a Social Security Form 1099 (SSA-1099), print a verification letter, and switch to electronic notices. And my Social Security is the fastest way to get a replacement card. Online applications for retirement benefits take only 15 minutes to complete and submit.

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With the exception of essential services like air traffic control and fire departments, most federal, state and local government offices are closed the day after Thanksgiving. Post offices are open (and carriers deliver), as are most banks and credit unions (if your state doesn’t consider Black Friday a holiday). Black Friday is a stock market holiday, but stock exchanges are only open until 2:00 p.m. EST (NYSE and Nasdaq close at 1:00 p.m. EST).

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