President’s Day 2016 is here, and folks wondering if banks or stores are open will find a mixed bag on the day dedicated to America’s founding fathers.
Because President’s Day falls in the midst of winter, many stores take it as an opportunity to attract shoppers out of the cold with some hot deals. But at the same time, institutions like banks and libraries are closed, making for a confusing day for those trying to schedule a few different errands.
What’s closed President’s Day 2016?
Most banks will be closed on President’s Day 2016, though a few like Wells Fargo will remain open. Because it’s so varied, it’s best to check with your bank individually to see if your local branch will be open. And even if it is closed, many of the larger banks like Chase and Bank of America offer smart ATM functions, allowing customers to make deposits or transfer funds even when the branches are closed.
President’s Day is also a federal holiday, meaning that all government offices are closed. This goes for libraries, courts, and offices like the Department of Motor Vehicles. There is also no post office service, as the USPS is closed all day. Most schools are closed as well.
Most transportation systems (including major metro lines in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago) will not close but are mostly on holiday schedules.
What’s open President’s Day 2016?
Because the February holiday celebrating America’s presidents is an important day for retailers, major chains like Target, Walmart, KMart, and grocery stores like Sam’s Club are open.
Restaurants are also open on President’s Day 2016, as they try to cash in on potential customers who often have the day off and are looking to get out of the house. So major chains like TGI Fridays, Applebee’s, and Chili’s are also open.
Most attractions like museums and even some theme parks are also open on Presidents Day, taking advantage of kids being out of school.
— Kings Dominion (@KingsDominionVA) February 13, 2016
Best President’s Day 2016 sales
When you’re not remembering the contributions of Abe Lincoln and George Washington, President’s Day is a great time to get out to stores and find some great deals. For many retailers, this is the first chance to bring in customers for the post-holiday shopping season, so there are some great deals on electronics, appliances, and clothing.
— Karen The DealHunter (@DigiDealHunter) February 5, 2016
As Forbes noted, there are great deals on big-ticket items like mattresses.
“That’s why any store that sells mattresses, from specialty chains to department stores, will be offering deals on mattresses this weekend. Any long weekend will likely bring similar sales, but Presidents Day is one of the best times to take advantage of the deals.”
“The same is true of appliances and to some degree, electronics. Deals on TVs are scarce leading up to the Super Bowl (when return policies become tighter to keep people from buying for the big game and returning it on Monday), but beginning in February, retailers start clearing out merchandise to make room for the new models announced at CES in early January. Most of those have April and May ship dates, so sales on TVs will continue well past Presidents Day.”
There are also plenty of deals on televisions, and Tech Times has a breakdown of all the deals Best Buy is offering.
Anyone else wondering if a local store or restaurant is open or closed on President’s Day 2016 is probably best to give a call now to find out their hours, the earlier the better.
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