Columbus Day is celebrated on Monday, October 10 this year and throughout the holiday weekend, people will be searching online to find out if banks are open, if there will be mail delivery, and if Walmart, Target, and other retailers will be open regular business hours on the federal holiday.
Not everyone has the day off on Monday, leading to some confusion as to what’s open and what’s closed on Columbus Day 2016. Need to get to the bank to make a deposit or transfer funds? Waiting for your USPS mail carrier, UPS, or FedEx to deliver a package? Or perhaps you’re just trying to find out if the mall, grocery store, liquor store, or you favorite restaurant is open on Columbus Day.
Whatever the case, we have the low-down on the holiday hours for banks, post office, and other delivery services, as well information about the stores that are open and offering up big discounts throughout the holiday weekend.
Which banks are open on Columbus Day 2016?
Believe it or not, some banks are open on Monday. If you are a TD Bank customer, Columbus Day is one of four holidays that all 1,300-plus locations of this East Coast bank will be open.
According to Saving Advice, a long list of other banks will be closed (call ahead to be sure), but Chase Bank and Wells Fargo Bank will be open on Monday, and SunTrust will open their in-store branches on the federal holiday.
Is the Post Office open Monday? What about deliveries from UPS and FedEx?
According to the U.S. Postal Service, all post office branches will be closed on Columbus Day, so you won’t be able to check your post office box, drop off a package. Letter carriers won’t be out on the road on Monday — except for the possibility of Amazon deliveries — so you will have to wait until Tuesday to get your mail at your home or business. If you need to buy stamps, most grocery stores, and many convenience stores will be open on Monday — they may sell books of stamps at the register.
There is some good news if you are waiting for a package from the United Parcel Service (UPS) or Federal Express (FedEx). Both delivery companies will be open for business on Columbus Day — packages will be delivered according to their regular schedule and most of their branch offices will be open if you need to ship a package.
Which stores are open on Monday? What about restaurants?
Columbus Day weekend is a typically a great time to get a great deal on clothing, housewares, and more. Whether you want to get a head start on your holiday shopping or just need to stock up on fall clothing, sales will be running at big retailers across the country.
That means most malls and stores will be open so you can shop ’til you drop. According to the Holiday Shopping Hours, there aren’t many stores that will be closed on October 10. Expect to find Walmart, Target, Sears, Home Depot, Express, Lowe’s, Nordstrom, Old Navy, Victoria’s Secret, and other popular retailers open either regular or holiday hours on Monday.
According to US News, Macy’s tops the list of best places to get a deal during the holiday weekend, offering an extra 20 percent off storewide and an extra 25 percent off clearance items. Also on the list are Home Depot, Sears, Toys R Us and Barnes & Noble.
Check money-saving sites like or Coupon Sherpa or Retail Me Not for Columbus Day coupons for your favorite mall stores. Many retailers now offer mobile coupons so you won’t need to print them out in advance.
Supermarkets, office supply stores, pet stores (PetSmart, Petco), and most liquor stores will also be open on Monday, but call ahead for holiday hours.
Hungry after all that shopping? Most restaurants, including fast food and casual sit-down eateries are typically open on Columbus Day. Call for hours at your local Olive Garden, Golden Corral, Wendy’s, McDonald’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, and other chain restaurants.