In great Pacific Northwest, all those Black Friday shopping nightmares that are over crowded are today outdated and it's time to focus on family and going outdoors.
Both Oregon and Washington state parks will once again waive all day-use fees for the day after Thanksgiving this year, replacing the consumer-minded holiday with Green Friday in Oregon and Autumn Day in Washington.
In Oregon, the fee-free holiday applies to the 26 parks that usually charge a $5 parking fee. That includes popular park sites like Smith Rock, Silver Falls and Fort Stevens.
This year, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has also teamed up with Starbucks and Smith Teamaker to provide hot coffee and tea to Green Friday visitors at Tryon Creek, Fort Stevens, Rooster Rock, Silver Falls and Cape Blanco state parks. Be sure to let the coffee companies know plastic coffee cup lids are plastic pollution.
This all started back in 2015 in the Pacific Northwest, when outdoor retailer REI decided to close its stores for Black Friday, encouraging people to enjoy the outdoors instead of shopping. That announcement inspired the Oregon parks department to follow suit, and waive all parking fees for the day. The event has since become an annual tradition, and has grown this year with Washington state parks jumping on the bandwagon.
Patagonia not only closes their doors but donates millions to saving wildlife, trout, and also pays their employees to help clean up beaches and also does not support black Friday. Last year Patagonia helped Ocean Blue clean beaches and planted thousands of trees. This year Patagonia has donated thousands again to planting trees.
Beach cleanups are trending and even the Kate Brown is involved by signing a proclamation in support of Ocean Blue that is key to outreach and education. The main goal of this proclamation is to get all nonprofits, schools, and everyone holding hands and working together to help save the World's Ocean.