Is anything open on Presidents’ Day? The federal holiday always creates a bit of confusion over what’s open and what’s closed on the federal holiday, prompting people to search online to find out if Walmart is open, if there will be mail delivery, and if banks will be closed on Monday, February 15, 2016.
Here’s what you can expect to find open — or closed — on Presidents’ Day, a holiday that was initially established to honor President George Washington’s birthday.
Although the U.S. Office of Personnel Management reports that most federal employees will have Monday off, there are many people who won’t be enjoying a three-day weekend because they will be working. Many nurses, doctors, police officers, firefighters, and numerous people who work at retail stores, car dealerships, and restaurants won’t get a day off on Monday.
Most stores including Walmart, Target, and popular mall stores like Pink, Aeropostale, Old Navy, and Macy’s will be open for business On February 15, offering big discounts during their Presidents’ Day sales.
Is there mail delivery on Monday? If you have a package to ship out or are waiting for an important piece of mail to arrive, you’re out of luck. The U.S. Post Office reports that they are closed 10 federal holidays per year and Washington’s Birthday, more commonly known as Presidents’ Day, is one of them. Although the USPS will be closed, UPS and FedEx offices will be open and both companies will be making deliveries on February 15.
What about banks? On many federal holidays, banks and credit unions close their doors for the day. The Federal Reserve is closed on Monday, but Go Banking Rates reports that at least two major banks will be open on Presidents’ Day including U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo.
In addition, TD Bank will be open during regular business hours on February 15. With almost 1,300 locations on the East Coast, TD Bank stays open on four federal holidays every year — Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, Columbus Day, and Veterans Day.
Many schools and public libraries will be closed on Monday, with many schools kicking off a week-long winter break on February 15.
Both federal and state government offices will be closed to observe the holiday, so don’t expect to find the Department of Motor Vehicles or your state’s social services offices open. If you need to contact the IRS about your tax refund or Social Security about a disability claim, you will have to wait until Tuesday — all offices will be closed.
Need a bite to eat while you are out trying to score a bargain at the Presidents’ Day sales on Monday? Major restaurant chains including Applebee’s, TGI Friday’s, Boston Market, Golden Corral, and Olive Garden will be open for business, but it’s always a good idea to call ahead for holiday hours.
If you love to shop, many major retail stores are advertising big Presidents’ Day sales that run throughout the three-day weekend. According to AOL Finance, the best sales will be on electronics, clothing, and furniture.
A best bet will be winter clothing, with many retailers like Macy’s, Target, Walmart, and JCPenney gearing up for spring and offering coats, hats, gloves, boots, and other cold-weather gear up to 85 percent off. Check out deal sites like Brad’s Deals and Retail Me Not for a list of holiday sales and money-saving coupons valid throughout the holiday weekend.
Will you be working on Presidents’ Day or are you lucky enough to have the day off?
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