The United States observes the federal holiday on the last Monday of May each year as Memorial Day. Memorial Day is celebrated to honor and remember the US Military personnel who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.
The day was also known as Decoration Day and was declared as a National holiday by an act of Congress in 1971. At first, it was observed on May 30, then shifted to the last Monday of May.
On Memorial Day, many services and establishment operations are disturbed and affected due to the holiday. Here we discuss the services that typically remain closed and what is open on Memorial Day.
Services Closed on Memorial Day
- Most of the US government offices, including state, federal, and local, remain closed on Memorial Day.
- Almost all US banks are unavailable for business during this day and remain closed all day. However, you can access ATMs and online/mobile banking services.
- US Postal Services and other major courier services like FedEx and UPS will be closed on Memorial Day.
- The US stock market, mainly the Nasdaq and New York Stock Exchange, will be closed on Memorial Day.
Services open on Memorial Day
- Many popular restaurants in the US, such as McDonald’s, Starbucks, and Chipotle, remain open on Memorial Day.
- Many retail stores, including popular chains like IKEA, Best Buy, and Belk, never close their doors on Memorial Day.
- Major convenience stores like Quik Stop, Certified Oil, and CVS remain open on Memorial Day, although specific store hours may vary by location.
- Grocery stores are the demand by local residents. Therefore, most grocery stores stay open on Memorial Day, allowing people to shop for their daily necessities.
The general guidelines discussed above and their operating hours can vary depending on location.
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