Was by our local store yesterday and it was quite busy - lot's of shopping bags. I can't speak for others - but what my spouse bought was certainly not marked down - there were the usual "markdown racks" - but no more than usual. A fair amount of new merchandise was on the floor which was surprising to me heading into Anniversary.
Took part in Anniverdary sale on Saturday. I bought the grandchildren some new shoes, socks and clothing for school. Wife bought several things - I believe for upcoming Anniversary. The store was busy and the clerk that helped me said it was non-stop on Friday.