Boycott Black Friday: #OptOutside sweeps the country

REI closing black friday #optoutside

Instead of flooding the malls this Friday, people are rushing into the great outdoors following REI’s example in the #OptOutside movement.

“We announced that we are closing our doors on Black Friday, paying our employees — all of them — to spend the day with the people who matter most and making it easier to #OptOutside,” REI CEO and President Jerry Stritzke wrote. “We hoped to spark a conversation about the healing, inspiring power of getting outside. What better time than the Thanksgiving holiday?”

rest of country shopping black friday rei

The idea to boycott Black Friday shopping took off – with millions of people excited to get out to the great outdoors and dozens of establishments and parks getting on board to make it easier than ever to explore.

“It’s a privilege and an honor to be part of an organization that is about something more than the bottom line,” Stritzke wrote. “The idea of choosing to #OptOutside on Black Friday might seem radical to those who do not know the heart of the co-op, but I believe it is an ideal way to make a statement about our values.”

What are you doing this Friday? Below are a list of national parks with special offers this Friday. Take advantage of the opportunity to celebrate with friends and family, and go explore.

Consumerism ends with us – the generation willing and ready to #OptOutside, proving thankfulness lasts longer than one day a year.

1. Alaska State Parks

Chugach State Park Alaska

2. Arizona State Parks

Arizona-Slide-Rock state park

3. California State Parks (Redwoods)

DL Bliss State Park beach and Rubicon Point

4. Colorado State Parks

colorado state park denver

5. Delaware State Parks

delaware state park sunset

6. Georgia State Parks

georgia state park

7. Kansas State Parks

kansas state park

8. Massachusetts State Parks

massachusetts state park

9. Minnesota State Parks

minnesota state parks

10. Missouri State Parks

missouri state park

11. Oregon State Parks

smith rock oregon state parks

12. Tennessee State Parks
tennessee state parks13. Vermont State Parks

vermount state park

14. Washington National Parks

washington state park north cascades

How do you plan to #OptOutside? Share your ideas in the comments below, or tweet to @tweetTMWY with the hashtag #OptOutside.

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