When a federal holiday rolls around, many people want to take advantage of the day off to do some shopping. However, figuring out which stores will open or stay closed can be confusing, especially since every chain can make their own decision. Many stores treat Veterans Day like any other day while others don’t. Plus, since Veterans Day is on a Sunday in 2018, it can be even harder for shoppers to figure out.
When is Veterans Day?
While there is usually a little confusion regarding what is open on federal holidays, this year, Veterans Day adds a bit more to the mix. The holiday officially falls on November 11 every year which, for 2018, is a Sunday. This means that the federal government observes the holiday on the next Monday. For 2018, that is November 12.
Since government agencies usually close on Sundays no matter what, they will close on Monday for Veterans Day to provide their staff a day off from work for the holiday. However, many retailers open on Sundays as part of their regular schedule. Plus, to make things more confusing for shoppers, not all business close for federal holidays no matter what day of the week they fall on.
Retailers have the ability to treat holidays in any manner they choose. There are no laws that dictate what they have to do, so opening or closing it a decision made by their upper management. If you are wondering what retailers open on Veterans Day, here’s a quick look at some popular stores.
Best Buy is open. Each store maintains their usual Sunday operating hours on Veterans Day and their typical Monday hours on the day the holiday is observed.
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BJ’s is open. This includes on Veterans Day itself as well as the Monday after. All locations will maintain their traditional operating hours on both days.
Costco is open. While Costco closes on many federal holidays, they maintain their usual hours on Veterans Day proper and the day it is observed when the actual holiday falls on a weekend.
Hobby Lobby is closed on Veterans Day in 2018. However, this is only because the retailer doesn’t open on Sundays usually. During years where Veterans Day falls on any other day of the week, Hobby Lobby is open.
Additionally, Hobby Lobby is open on Monday, November 12, the day the federal government observes Veterans Day.
Home Depot is open. They will keep their usual business hours on both that Sunday and Monday. Plus, they provide a discount to veterans every day of the year, including on the holiday, and may have additional sales available to all shoppers that can lead to more savings.
JC Penney is open. The retail stores open for their regular hours on Sunday, November 11, 2018, and Monday, November 12, 2018.
Lowes is open. Additionally, veterans can take advantage of their usual discount. Plus, there are usually sales that are available to all shoppers.
Macy’s is open. Macy’s maintains usual business hours for Veterans Day and often has special sales to mark the holiday that are available to all customers.
Sears is open. On Veterans Day and the following Monday, Sears will open according to their typical schedule. The retailer may also have special sale prices that everyone can take advantage of, including nonveterans.
Target is open. Target is open on both days according to their regular business hours. While they don’t have a special Veterans Day sale, regular discounts are commonly available.
TJ Maxx is open. On both Sunday and Monday, TJ Maxx will operate per their usual schedule.
Walmart is open. Walmart stores open every day barring Christmas Day, so they will not close for Veterans Day 2018. Small retailers, like the optometry clinic or salon, may not be open, depending on their usual Sunday schedules. If you plan on using those services, check their operating hours in advance.
Remember, nearly all banks and credit unions will close both on Veterans Day itself as well as Monday, November 12, when the holiday is observed. Government offices are usually not open on either day either, and some schools may close on Monday since they are generally not open on Sundays to observe the holiday on an actual day.
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