Updated for 2017
As with many holidays that land on a Monday like Labor Day, it can be confusing to try to remember which businesses are open and which are not. If you plan to go out on Monday, September 4, then it is a good idea to know what is open and what is closed. This will allow you to avoid wasting time by not going to places which will be closed. Below you’ll find a breakdown of which businesses will be open and closed for Labor Day:
Most major retailers are open. Most large retail stores will be open for Labor Day, with the exception of Costco. Many of these retail stores, such as Target, Walmart, and Macy’s will also be having special sales events throughout the entire holiday weekend. If you decide to include shopping as part of your Labor Day celebration, don’t forget that if you purchase items on sale due to the great price which you wouldn’t have bought otherwise, then you aren’t actually saving money.
Drug stores are open. the three major drugstore chains (Walgreens, Rite Aid and CVS Caremark) will be open on Labor Day. If you use an independent local drugstore, you should call them directly to determine if they will be open or if they will be operating during special hours for the holiday.
Gas stations are open. Most gas stations are open on Labor Day due to the large amount of vacation and holiday traffic. Some independent gas stations may decide to close, but there should be plenty that remain open in the areas where these might close for the day. Some gas stations which are not open 24 hours may also choose to operate on holiday or Sunday hours, instead of their normal Monday hours.
Grocery stores are open. All major grocery store chains will be open for Labor Day, however, some may be operating on Sunday or holiday hours. If you are planning to go shopping in the evening, then you may wish to call to double check their store hours for Monday, September 7.
restaurants are open. Most major chain restaurants will be open on Monday, September 7. Independently owned restaurants set their own hours, so it is best to call and verify their hours if you are planning to go to one.
Federal, State and Local Government Offices
Most government offices are closed. Due to the fact that Labor Day is a federal holiday, all non-essential federal, state and local government offices are closed in observance of this. However, government offices which have been deemed as essential to safety and security will remain open. Basically, only essential government services will remain open, such as police departments and fire stations. National Parks will also remain open.
The Stock Market
Stock markets are closed. All stock markets in the United States will be close on Labor Day.
Credit Unions & Banks
Banks and credit unions are closed. Financial institutions are typically closed for federal holidays, so banks and credit unions will be closed in observance of Labor Day on Monday. Even though these financial institutions are closed for the day, you can still do financial transactions by using the bank’s ATM or accessing your account online. It’s important to remember transactions which are performed on a holiday may not be completed until the next business day.
Post offices are closed. All post offices will be closed and no mail will be delivered on September 4 in observance of Labor Day as it’s an official federal holiday.
Schools are closed. Federal holidays are generally observed by both private and public schools. Schools, if they have already started the new year, will be closed to observe Labor Day on Monday.
Libraries are closed. Nearly all libraries observe federal holidays and will be closed in observance of Labor Day.
Garbage service won’t pick-up. Most garbage pickup services will be closed on Monday, September 7 for Labor Day, but this varies from town to town. You should check with your local garbage service to see if they will be open if your normal garbage pickup day is on a Monday.
(Photo courtesy of Robert Couse-Baker)