Columbus Day 2015: What’s Open October 12 And Who Has The Best Columbus Day Sales?

Cheryl Phillips - Author

Aug. 23 2017, Updated 4:25 a.m. ET

Columbus Day is celebrated on Monday, October 12. There’s always confusion over what’s open and what’s closed on federal holidays, prompting people to search online to find out if Walmart is open, if banks are closed, and if there will be mail delivery on Monday.

Here’s the scoop on what will be open and what businesses will close their doors on Columbus Day.

If shopping for bargains is the way you want to spend the three-day weekend, then you’re in luck. Most retail stores will be open and offering holiday deals that may prompt you to get your Christmas shopping started. Find out which Columbus Day sales are a best bet below.

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If you need to go to the bank to make a transfer, deposit, or get some cash, you may have to use the ATM or a mobile banking app on Monday. According to the Holiday Schedule, many banks and credit unions will be closed on October 12.

However there is a short list of financial institutions that will be open regular or special holiday hours on Monday. TD Bank is open on four federal holidays, and Columbus Day is one of them. The bank has over 1,300 locations on the East Coast, and all of them will be open regular business hours. Call ahead to be certain, but Saving Advice reports that Wells Fargo, PNC, Sun Bank, Chase, and some Key Bank locations will be open on Monday.

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Waiting for an important piece of mail on Monday? According to the U.S. Postal Service, all post office branches will be closed on Columbus Day. There will be no mail delivery to home or businesses, but service will resume on Tuesday. Although the USPS is closed on October 12, it’s business as usual for UPS and FedEx. Both companies will be making deliveries and all locations will be open for package pickup or if you need to ship a package.

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Because Columbus Day is a federal holiday, most government employees will have the day off. In most states, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV or RMV), Social Security offices, the IRS, and other federal offices will be closed on Monday. In addition to federal, state and municipal offices, most schools, and libraries will also be closed on October 12, but the stock market will be open.

If you have Monday off and want to hit up the Columbus Day sales, you will find just about every major retailer open for business. Restaurants will be open as well if you need to take a break from your bargain hunting.

According to Deal News, the hot buy during the holiday weekend is shoes for the whole family. If you need new shoes, sneakers, or winter boots, there will be sales galore.

The deal site states that shoppers will find sneakers as much as 50 percent off and dress shoes marked down by 25 to as much as 90 percent. Check out the outlet stores (Nike, Adidas, Puma) or retailers like Macy’s or Nordstrom Rack for money-saving deals. While shoes will be a good buy during the Columbus Day weekend sales, Deal News features writer Louis Ramirez states that shoppers may want to wait until Black Friday to buy clothing.

“The average Black Friday apparel deal will take up to 54 percent off,” Ramirez writes, “whereas on Columbus Day, most clothing sales will max out at 40 percent off.”

If you can’t wait until Black Friday to buy clothing, make sure you check sites like Retail Me Not or Coupon Sherpa for retail store coupons to popular stores like Old Navy, Gap, Macy’s, Kohl’s, Express, and Famous Footwear. Some retailers require a printed coupon and others allow you to show a mobile coup

Will you be working, shopping or relaxing on Columbus Day?

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