Labor Day 2014: What’s Open, What’s Closed and Who’s Having A Cookout?

Labor Day is an annual federal holiday, yet many people still get confused about what’s open and what’s closed on a day that signifies parties and relaxation for some and a regular work day for others. This year, the holiday falls on Monday, September 1, so get prepared if you need to get to the bank, post office or are heading to Walmart or Target for last minute cookout supplies.

All federal offices will be closed on Monday, including the DMV and Social Security. Schools, libraries, the stock market and all U.S. Post Office locations will also be closed on Labor Day. Mail delivery to both homes and businesses will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 2. Both FEDEX and UPS will be closed as well; only UPS Express Critical and FEDEX Custom Critical packages will be delivered on Monday.

Labor Day is a bank holiday for the majority of banks in the United States, including Chase, Bank of America and Wells-Fargo. Some grocery store branches and smaller credit unions may be open on a limited holiday schedule, but it’s always best to call ahead to find out. Many banks have online banking apps for iPones and Android smartphones if you need to make a bank transfer or pay bills, but an ATM is your best bet if you need cash for the holiday weekend.

Having a Labor Day cookout? If you need to get to Walmart, Target, or your local supermarket for hot dogs, burgers, plates, cups and other goodies for your barbecue, most stores will be open on Monday. Liquor stores will be open in case you run out of beer and wine.

Most malls stores will be open either regular business hours or special holiday hours on Monday. Many retailers are offering great holiday deals all weekend. Head over to Retail Me Not to print coupons for Labor Day deals at popular stores like Aeropostale, Macy’s and GAP.

For those who truly want to take the day off, most restaurants are open regular hours on Monday. If you are a penny-pincher, many restaurants are offering Labor Day deals. Check out Buppa di Beppo’s “Feed Four for $40” special and the free Redbox DVD deal that Olive Garden is offering this weekend.

What are you doing on Labor Day? Hosting a cookout, shopping, relaxing or working?