Memorial Day is a day to bring forth honor, remembrance, and respect to those who have given their lives while serving their country. It’s also a day that brings many families together for picnics, cookouts, shopping, and much more. If you have a day off of work this upcoming Monday and are putting plans in order, you’ll need to know what is open, what is closed, and what hours are in place for everything and everywhere.
Believe it or not, there are many people who don’t even realize their offices are closed and that they have Memorial Day off of work. Check with your boss and don’t make the mistake of going into work if you don’t need to.
Don’t let things catch you off-guard by heading out on Monday and noticing that you can’t drop off a package or pick up your mail. Some people don’t have plans for a get-together on Memorial Day 2016 and will use the off day to run errands, but you may not be able to do all of those you hope to accomplish.
Will the United States Postal Service (USPS) be open and delivering?
Don’t try to mail anything or look for any mail on Monday, as there will be none of that happening. The official site for the USPS lists Memorial Day 2016 as one that is recognized and observed. Please remember that all USPS locations will be closed, so don’t waste your time trying to head in and ship anything out.
However, some outside portions of USPS locations with post office boxes may still be open and accessible.
Are FedEx and UPS going to be open and delivering on Monday?
On Monday, FedEx is going to be closed, with all express, ground, home delivery, and smart-post not in operation. On Tuesday, May 31, all of the services are going to be restored and in operating order except for FedEx Home Delivery, which will remain closed.
UPS is going to cease operations on Memorial Day as well, and there will be no regular pick-up or delivery on Monday. As the official website states, though, UPS Critical Express will be available as needed, with all other areas starting back up on Tuesday.
Are any banks open at all?
Almost all branches of banks will be closed across the United States, so you may have to work with ATMs if you truly need to get some cash. Any major or personal transactions that need to be done will have to wait, as the majority of the banks will keep their doors locked tight on Monday.
According to the Holiday Schedule, Memorial Day is one of the national bank holidays for 2016, but not all branches observe it even if they recognize it. That means a branch here or there could be open, so you may want to call ahead for their hours.
Is the Stock Market open and operating?
As reported by the official website of the New York Stock Exchange, Memorial Day is observed and respected, so don’t look for NYSE or NASDAQ to do any trading on Monday.
Will all Federal and State Offices be closed on Memorial Day 2016?
Don’t expect to conduct any type of federal business on Monday, as you simply won’t be able to do so, and you’re going to have to wait until Tuesday. The DMV, city hall, IRS, Social Security Administration, and other federal officers will all be closed.
Federal Reserve Banks will be closed, as well as the majority of schools. Check with your child’s school to see if they are closed entirely on Monday, as some do require children to come in for a portion of the day.
Are there going to be limited hours or none at all for malls, retails stores, and restaurants?
While so many other things are closed on Memorial Day, it’s actually the day that most malls and retail stores bring about savings to everyone. They encourage shoppers to head out and take part in the great deals they will have to offer to anyone and everyone.
The Rooms To Go Memorial Day Sale starts now! http://t.co/BwVXs3I1sD
— Rooms To Go (@RoomsToGo) May 15, 2014
As for restaurants, retail stores, and malls, you’re going to want to call ahead before going out to them. While they may be open, many franchised locations could have limited hours, and they may differ from daily operations, so don’t miss out or head out too early.
Memorial Day 2016 is just a few days away, and this information is incredibly important for spending the holiday with as little frustration as possible. Store hours could be limited for some locations, but big sales are going on for others. There will be no mail delivery, and most deliveries from UPS and FedEx are going to have to wait until Tuesday. If you’re looking to head out and spend the time with family, though, many other things will be open and operating as usual.
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