Retail stores are open on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. All major retail stores will be open on January 19. In fact, many stores will be promoting sales to coincide with the event. Since there are large portions of consumers who have the day off, stores see the holiday as a way to increase store traffic and sales to begin the year off on the right foot.
Grocery stores are open on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Most grocery stores will be open for business for their regular Monday hours on January 19. If you frequent a small, independent grocery store, you will want to confirm if they are open before going just in case.
Restaurants will be open on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Most large chain restaurants will be open for business on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, so there should not be any issue finding a place to eat if you’re out and about for the holiday. Independent restaurants will in most cases be open if they are typically open on Mondays (many restaurants close on Monday as their day off during the week), but it’s best to call ahead to make sure.
Gas stations are open on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. For those traveling, there should be no issue finding gas an open gas station. The service area of the stations may or may not be open, so if you need work done on your car, call to confirm.
The Stock Markets
The stock markets are closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The New York Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ composite both observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and they’ll close for the day. There won’t be any stock trading on January 19. It’s one of the stock market holidays in 2015.
Public libraries are closed Martin Luther King Jr. Day. If you were hoping to check out some books, you won’t be able to do that on January 19, as they will be closed to observe the holiday. Most libraries are also closed on Sundays, so you need to make a trip on Saturday if you want reading material over the long weekend.
Schools are closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Both public and private schools will have the day off to observe the holiday. School classes will resume on Tuesday, January 20, in most cases.
National Parks are open on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Even though national parks are part of the government, they remain open on federal holidays like Martin Luther King Jr. Day. In fact, not only are they open, they offer free entrance on January 19. There are over 100 national parks which offer free entrance to celebrate the holiday.
Garbage pickup may be rescheduled. If you usually have your garbage picked up on Monday, it may be changed to another day. This varies from town to town, and some will have service as usual on the 19th. It’s best to contact your local garbage company to confirm the schedule if you’re unsure.
Government offices are closed Martin Luther King Jr. Day. As a federal holiday, all federal employees get the day off on January 19 with a few exceptions. Those federal workers who are considered essential, such as federal law enforcement and air traffic controllers, will still work, but the vast majority of government offices will be closed for the day.
State and Local Governments
State and local government offices are closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This is one of the holidays when most state and local governments follow the lead of the federal government and observe the day by giving their employees the day off. You can expect to find most state and local government offices closed for the day.
Banks and Credit Unions
Banks and credit unions are closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Most banks, credit unions, and other financial institutions observe the holiday and close on Monday. There are a few exceptions, such as TD Bank, which will remain open, but most banks close for the day.
The US post office is closed, but FedEx and UPS are open on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. If you head to your local post office on January 19, it will be closed. You also won’t be getting any mail that day as the the post office is part of the federal government and observes the holiday. Private mail carriers like FedEx and UPS will be open and operate as usual on Monday.
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