While the turkey is still settling in their stomachs, shoppers will start early on Friday.

While the turkey is still settling in their stomachs, shoppers will start early on Friday.

The day after Thanksgiving – “Black Friday” – is still presumed to be one of the busiest shopping days of the year, despite the U.S. economy’s shakiness.

Across Eastern Jackson County, many shopping destinations are opening early and have special promotions.

Independence Center will open at 5 a.m. Simon’s Shop Smarter program also will start Friday, allowing shoppers to shop, dine and experience entertainment events in one location.

The mall will provide a “rejuvenation station” on the upper level in front of Sephora for shoppers who need a moment to rest. Sprint Wireless and Radio Disney will sponsor a Cheetah Girls dance party at 10 a.m.

Doors will open at 4 a.m. Friday at J.C. Penney Co. on Bolger Square. Kohl’s at the Independence Commons also will open at 4 a.m. and will remain open until midnight Saturday.

Best Buy will honor extended holiday hours through Saturday. The store will open at 5 a.m. Friday and at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Shoppers can bring their tents and camp out from 5 to 8 tonight in front of Bass Pro Shops  in Independence. Around fire pits, participants can enjoy free hot chocolate and s’mores while playing games. Campers are invited to bring a new toy to donate to Bass Pro Shops “Toys for the Kids” drive to benefit YouthFriends.

Doors open for “Black Friday” sales at 6 a.m. Campers will receive Ridgewood Donuts and Starbucks coffee from 5:30 to 7 a.m. Friday.