This year, Easter spending is expected to reach $18.11 billion this year. Millions of Americans will be purchasing items this week to gear up for Sunday. So, you might be wondering what’s open on Easter Sunday.
What’s Open On Easter Sunday?
Since Easter always falls on a Sunday, government offices are already closed, and so are schools, banks, stock markets, and the postal service. However, chain restaurants and retailers tend to stay open on Easter, whereas locally-owned establishments might be more hit or miss. There are more options on Good Friday, with only U.S. stock exchanges closing for business.
Call to Confirm
When in doubt, phone ahead to confirm whether a location is open the store hours of operation for that day. Most retail stores will open on Easter, except Costco and Target, which typically close for the day.
Pharmacies don’t normally close for Easter. The major chains such as CVS, Walgreens, and Rite Aid will not only be open on Easter Sunday but also every other day of the year as well. Some might have reduced hours on major holidays, so you should always call ahead to confirm those details.
Groceries and Convenience Stores
Most major chain grocery stores will remain open, except for Publix. Local grocers may be hit-or-miss as to whether they will have regular Sunday hours on Easter, so phone ahead before heading to one to be sure it is open. Major convenience stores, like 7-11 and Circle K, will be open on Easter — most of which remain open 365 days a year.
Other Types of Establishments
Lots of restaurants are open on Easter for regular business. However, you may need to make a reservation or at least call ahead to find out how long you will have to wait for a table.
Just like the convenience stores they are often attached to, gas stations will be open on Easter.
Financial Institutions and Stock Markets
Not only are the markets closed on Sundays, but they’re also closed on Good Friday, April 19. Some banks and credit unions may be open on Good Friday but they’re definitely closed on Easter. While a select few bank locations within supermarkets have Sunday operations, they may make Easter an exception. If you need banking services on Easter, you can perform most tasks online, through the bank’s app, or at the ATM.
Libraries and Government Offices
Most public libraries are closed on Sunday, which means they will also be closed on Easter. However, if your local library is usually open on Sunday, it won’t likely be open on Easter. Government offices are closed as well.
All public schools are closed on Easter. Because it is a Sunday, no school will be open. Many schools will also close on Good Friday, and if Spring Break falls around the same time, many students will be out of school the week following Easter as well.
All government offices will be closed on Easter. This is because, for the most part, government offices are closed on Sundays. Easter is not a federal holiday, so government-run offices won’t close in observance of this holiday.
If you want to get anything delivered in time for Easter, aim for Saturday. Although Amazon has a partnership with the United Parcel Service to deliver on Sundays, don’t assume you’ll get a delivery that day
Before you rush out to any establishment on a holiday, it’s a good idea to confirm that it’s open when you want to go.
Readers, what do you have planned for the holiday weekend?
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