New Year’s Eve 2015: Are Banks Open? A Full List Of What’s Open, What’s Closed, And Where To Ring In The New Year

New Year’s Eve 2015 is here, and those looking to make a last-minute bank deposit or a trip to the grocery store before the calendar turns to 2016 have come to the right place.

New Year’s Eve is a busy day for people getting ready for parties or using what is often a day off from work to run some errands. But it is also a day where stores, banks, and many government offices can have limited hours, making it difficult to find out what’s open and what’s closed for New Year’s Eve.

New Year’s Eve 2015 is not a federal holiday, meaning that major government offices like the DMV and post office will be open, though they are often on limited lobby hours with some closing as early as noon. It’s best to check your local office to get the hours or plan a trip for early in the day.

Banks are also open for New Year’s Eve 2015, but many also have shortened hours. It’s best to check with your bank and plan ahead, as New Year’s Day is a federal holiday and all banks will be closed. That means people who don’t make it on time on New Year’s Eve will have to wait until Monday before they get another chance.

Stores are a bit tricky as well. While all major grocery stores and retail chains are open during the day, the hours get more limited as the afternoon turns to evening.

Here is a list of some of the major retail chains (via MassLive)

  • KMart: Open until 10 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.
  • Kohl’s: Open until 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.
  • Target: Open until 9 p.m. New Year’s Eve.
  • Macy’s: Open until 7 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.
  • JCPenney: open until 9:30 p.m. New Year’s Eve.

One store that shoppers can county on for New Year’s Eve 2016 is Walmart, which will be open for 24 hours. But locations that are not open 24 hours will have more limited hours, with most closing between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Grocery stores will be on limited hours as well. Here are some major chains (via Patch).

  • Aldi: Closing at 8 p.m.
  • Costco: Closing at 6 p.m.
  • Trader Joe’s: Closing at 6 p.m
  • Wegmans: Closing at 9 p.m.
  • Whole Foods: Closing at 9 p.m.

New Year’s Eve is also the most popular night of the year for going out on the town, but some bars and restaurants choose to close shop instead of dealing with the large (and often heavily drinking) crowds. Some of the popular chain restaurants like TGI Friday’s and Applebees will be open normal hours (which is until 1 a.m.), and those looking for a place to grab food after a night of partying can go to Denny’s or Waffle House. Locations that are open 24 hours are sticking to their normal schedule, so late-night food is definitely on for New Year’s.

Those who want to stay at home in ring in 2016 will have plenty of options as well. They can watch the ball drop on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, a five-and-a-half hour party from Times Square in New York City that features 38 different performances, including Luke Bryan, Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth, Demi Lovato, and headliner Carrie Underwood.

Those interested in watching Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve can click here for streaming video through ABC’s website.

People who want to know what’s open and what’s closed locally for New Year’s Eve 2015 will find it best to call ahead. Many local stores and restaurants are staying open, so check ahead of time with them and make a reservation early.

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