Is Walmart open on New Year’s Day 2015 and what time do stores close on New Year’s Eve?
If you need party hats, noisemakers and a few bottles of champagne to ring in 2015, Walmart and most other retail stores, including Target, Kmart, grocery stores, and liquor stores will be closing early on Wednesday, so get your shopping done as early as possible.
There is some good news if you don’t need to shop on New Year’s Eve and won’t be venturing out again until the first day of the new year — most stores and restaurants will be open regular business hours on New Year’s Day. However, January 1 is the first of 10 federal holidays observed in 2015, so government offices including the DMV, the U.S. Post Office, and Social Security offices will be closed all day on Thursday. Many banks will remain closed as well and will reopen on January 2.
If you must go shopping on New Year’s Eve, you will definitely be home before the Times Square Ball drops at midnight — most stores close between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Wednesday night. Banks and the post office may close as early as Noon, so it’s best to call ahead for holiday hours.
Walmart stores close between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Wednesday night, depending on location. If you have a Walmart Super Center nearby, you can celebrate right in the store on New Year’s Eve — the mega-sized Walmart stores are open 24 hours a day except for Christmas Day.
I say we all just meet at walmart on New Year’s Eve and get the party started
— Sydney (@SydGilb) December 30, 2012
Best Buy, Kmart, and Macy’s will close at 7 p.m. in most locations. Target and Toys R Us will stay open a bit later, with most stores closing by 9 p.m. Keep in mind, holiday hours vary from state to state, so it’s always a good idea to call your local retailer to find out when they close.
Supermarket closing times on New Year’s Eve vary. Kroger stores close at 6 p.m., Publix shuts down for the night at 7 p.m., and Stop and Shop stores close at 9 p.m. in most locations. Liquor store holiday hours vary by location, but expect many to be open as late as 10 p.m. for last-minute wine, beer and champagne purchases.
The New York Post states that partying at home is better than the “splitting headache and empty wallet” you will get if you go out on New Year’s Eve. So, get your food, booze, and party supplies before the stores close and enjoy Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest at home with friends and family.