2018 Stock Market Holidays and Short Days
So, how do you know when the market will be open or closed? Below you’ll find the stock market holiday schedule for the year 2018 — (all times are Eastern Standard Time (EST)):
|Holiday||NYSE & NASDAQ||Date|
|New Year’s Day||Closed||January 1, 2018|
|Martin Luther King Jr. Day||Closed||January 15, 2018|
|Presidents’ Day||Closed||February 19, 2018|
|Good Friday||Closed||March 30, 2018|
|Easter Sunday||Closed||April 1, 2018|
|Memorial Day||Closed||May 28, 2018|
|Independence Day||Closed||July 4, 2018|
|Labor Day||Closed||September 3, 2018|
|Columbus Day||Open||October 8, 2018|
|Veterans Day||Closed||November 11, 2018|
|Thanksgiving Day||Closed||November 22, 2018|
|Day After Thanksgiving||Open until 1:00 pm||November 23, 2018|
|Christmas Eve||Open until 1:00 pm||December 24, 2018|
|Christmas Day||Closed||December 25, 2018|
|New Year’s Eve||Open||December 31, 2018|
|New Year’s Day||Closed||January 1, 2019|
As you can see from the stock market holiday schedule above, the stock markets don’t follow a strict federal holiday schedule for when they are open and closed. Columbus Day is an official federal holiday, but the stock market remains open and running on that day. That being said, the markets are closed for the majority of federal holidays. These include New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day (officially Washington’s Birthday), Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
The only day the stock markets close that isn’t an official federal holiday is Good Friday (March 30, 2018). This is because they are holidays which land on Saturday and Sunday (Good Friday replaces Easter, which is on a Sunday).
In addition, there are two days during the year when the stock markets close earlier than usual. The stock market closes early on the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. Both the NYSE and the NASDAQ will only be open for a shortened session until 1:00 pm both of these days.
For any other holiday not listed above, you can assume that both the NYSE and NASDAQ will be open for business during their typical hours for that day. Both stock markets are typically closed on Saturday and Sunday, so if a holiday lands on one of these two days, you can assume the markets are closed due to the day of the week, and not the holiday which happens to land on that day. For example, the stock markets are closed on Mother’s Day, but they are also closed on all Sundays. It’s important to note the above list only notes the planned days the stock markets will be closed. There are other events which may also close the markets from time to time such as extreme weather.