Memorial Day 2016 is here, and folks who want to know what’s open and what’s closed — or even where to find the best shopping deals — can find a full list here.
As the unofficial start of summer, Memorial Day is a popular holiday for hitting up picnics and making the first of many trips to the beach. The holiday weekend honors those who died protecting our country, and many businesses close out of respect for the day.
But many others remain open — including a number of stores that plan their biggest sales in months — making it somewhat confusing for anyone who has to run errands to know what’s open and what’s closed on Memorial Day.
What’s closed on Memorial Day 2016?
It’s easiest to start with the list of what is closed on Memorial Day 2016. As a federal holiday, all government offices are closed including DMVs and Social Security offices. Schools have off as well.
Those looking to put a package in the mail will have a hard time. The United States Postal Service is taking the day off, meaning all post offices will be closed (though you still may be able to get into the lobby to purchase stamps or put letters in the mail to be picked up on Tuesday morning). Both UPS and Fed Ex will be closed on Monday as well, IBT reported.
Most federal reserve banks will be closed on Memorial Day 2016 as well, including Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Chase, HSBC, TD Bank, and others. There is still a chance to complete many banking functions at smart ATMs, including making deposits and fund transfers, though most will not go through until Tuesday.
Many public transits will also be partially closed for Memorial Day, IBT noted.
In New York City, the MTA will have its subways and buses operating on a Sunday schedule, which includes no 5 service in Brooklyn, no B or Z service and limited Q and M service. In Washington, D.C., the Metrobus and Metrorail systems will run on a Sunday schedule, which includes no Orange Line service and limited Silver and Blue Line service. In the San Francisco Bay Area, the BART will run on a Sunday schedule except between San Leandro and Bay Fair, where the tracks will be closed.
Some national store chains will be closed, including Costco, though most will be open to accommodate shoppers picking up barbecue supplies or looking for start-of-summer deals. Many locally owned stores will also be closed on Memorial Day 2016, but these are on a case-by-case basis, and it’s best to call ahead to see if your favorite local stores will be open.
What’s open Memorial Day 2016?
Memorial Day is one of the best times to look for sales, especially on outgoing spring fashions and items, so most stores will be open. Target, KMart, and Sears will be on normal business hours as well as Walmart.
Most factory outlets and malls will be open, though some operate on holiday hours and could be closing early. Other grocery stores may be on shorter hours, including Kroger, Publix, Winn-Dixie, and Trader Joe’s, with many locations closing at 6 p.m. Whole Foods will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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For those on the lookout for deals, a rundown of the best Memorial Day 2016 sales can be found here.
Other locations — including local doctor’s offices or store chains — may have varying hours for the holiday, so those who want to find out whether other stores or offices are open or closed on Memorial Day 2016 are best served calling ahead so they don’t waste a trip.
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