You’re wise to research whether things might be closed on V-Day because when the holiday falls closer to the weekend, it may overlap with President’s Day, or be close enough to that date for there to be closures.
Although V-Day is celebrated by a majority of the population, the government and businesses do not consider it a day to take off — or as Uncle Sam would say, President’s Day is a federal holiday but not Valentine’s Day.
What’s Open Valentine’s Day
So while everything is indeed open on Valentine’s Day, don’t expect that to be the case in 2021, when the holiday falls on a Saturday. That’s when government offices at all levels will be closed, and so will banks and the stock market — along with schools and some public libraries.
In 2022, Valentine’s Day will fall on a Sunday and then the post office will also be closed, so that will be the year to plan ahead for deliveries to arrive on February 13.
This year, it’s worth noting that stores are open for business as usual on Valentine’s Day this year so you can buy last minute gifts. If you’re a chocolate lover, you might want to hit the store on February 15 to get sweets on sale — even premium brands for up to half off.
Busy Night at Restaurants
Restaurants are open on Valentine’s Day most years, and it’s one of the busiest nights for the industry, so if you intend to take your sweetheart out for dinner, make reservations early so you don’t get locked out of your top choice.
Otherwise, you can always cook at home, especially because groceries are open on Valentine’s Day (and if your garbage is normally picked upon Wednesdays, that will happen as usual).
A variation on cooking at home: Picnic in the park if you live somewhere warm. Public parks are open on Valentine’s Day, but it’s not one of the days that national parks offer free admission in 2018.
Readers, what are you planning on Valentine’s Day?