In case you were wondering what to do instead of shopping when Black Friday hits…
Following REI’s recent #OptOutside announcement, numerous states decided to join the cause and waive parking, entrance-, and even camping fees at all state parks this Friday. As with REI’s campaign, the state parks’ move is meant to encourage people to get outside and enjoy nature rather than join the hordes of people crowding stores looking for discounts on holiday gifts.
In a bold but awesome move, REI declared they are closing all 143 of their stores on Black Friday. Instead of reporting to work, the co-op is paying their employees to go play outside. Essentially, REI is making a move to remind us all it’s about experiences and not stuff in the end.