Columbus Day is approaching quickly, and many people are looking forward to a day off from work. Whether you plan to spend the day relaxing, are heading out of town, or want to get in some shopping, knowing what is open and closed on Columbus Day is helpful. Not everything is open for the holiday, which lands on Monday, Oct. 14, 2019. If you want to make sure that you don’t accidentally waste time by heading to a destination that isn’t open on Columbus Day, here’s a look at which businesses, agencies, and organizations will open or close their doors that Monday.
In the vast majority of cases, retail stores are open on Columbus Day. Major chains typically maintain their usual Monday operating hours, and many hold sales to entice shoppers into heading to their locations. Plus, leftover summer goods, some back-to-school items, and other seasonal products might have made their way to the clearance racks.
Here is a list of just some of the retailers that are open on Columbus Day:
- Bed, Bath & Beyond
- Best Buy
- BJs Wholesale Club
- Dollar Tree
- DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse
- Half Price Books
- Home Depot
- Old Navy
- Sam’s Club
It’s important to understand that small business retailers might not be open on Monday, Oct. 14. A “mom and pop” store can set its own schedule, so they may choose to shut their door for this federal holiday. If you plan to head to a small business, consider calling ahead to confirm it will be open.
Grocery stores are typically open on holidays, including Columbus Day. Essentially, every major chain opens its doors on most holidays, though some may have limited hours.
However, independent grocery stores may or may not be open. In many cases, it’s wise to call ahead to confirm whether your preferred destination is open or if they are using an alternative holiday operating schedule.
Drug Stores and Pharmacies
Chain drug stores such as CVS, Rite Aid, and Walgreens are usually open on Columbus Day. But some locations may operate on holiday schedules, reducing the total number of hours that they are open. Additionally, the pharmacy counter might close for the holiday, so you may want to confirm it is available if you need to pick up a prescription.
Independent pharmacies might choose to close for Columbus Day, though they also may not. Contact your independent pharmacy in advance to confirm it is open before making the trip to ensure you don’t waste time.
Chain restaurants are commonly open on Columbus Day. However, it’s possible that some may use holiday hours instead of their normal operating hours. Independent restaurants may or may not be open, so you might want to call ahead before going.
Gas Stations and Convenience Stores
Chain gas stations are typically open on Columbus Day, including their convenience stores. In rare cases, a chain convenience store might reduce holiday hours. Independent gas stations and their convenience stores might close for the holiday. However, any place that uses pay-at-the-pump will still accept debit or credit cards for fuel purchases even if there isn’t an employee available, so getting gas shouldn’t be an issue.
U.S. Stock Markets
The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and NASDAQ are open on Columbus Day. However, the SIMFA bond market is closed.
Banks and Credit Unions
Financial institutions, such as banks and credit unions, are mainly closed on Columbus Day. Branch tellers typically aren’t available, and you might not be able to get support from a live person on the phone either.
Some TD Bank and other bank locations do open, so you might be able to complete transactions if your bank branch chooses to open its doors. However, it’s best to call ahead and confirm before heading out the door.
Even if your bank or credit union closes on Columbus Day, you can still head to ATMs outside of the secured part of the location. Plus, you can handle many banking tasks online. Just keep in mind that any ATM or online deposits or transfers might not formally start processing until the next business day at the earliest.
Public libraries are typically closed on Columbus Day. They often follow either the federal or state government holiday schedules, so many are not open. However, there are exceptions, so you might want to call and see if yours is open on the holiday if heading to the library sounds like a good idea for Monday.
K-12 Schools, Colleges, and Universities
Schools may or may not be open on Columbus Day. Depending on where you live, closing on Columbus Day might not be universal. Make sure to contact your schools in advance to see if class will be in session on the holiday.
Garbage services may or may not run on Columbus Day. Some service providers don’t operate on federal holidays while others do. Contact your garbage service in advance to see if your pickup day is affected or if other services, such as landfills, are open.
National Park locations are open on Columbus Day.
Aside from public security and safety agencies, the federal government closes on Columbus Day.
State and Local Government
State and local government organizations are mainly closed on Columbus Day, though there are some exceptions. For example, in Washington State, state government offices open on the holiday. Additionally, public safety agencies are also operational, though certain visitor-oriented services might not be available.
Mail and Delivery Services
The post office is closed on Columbus Day. There is no mail delivery, and you can’t get help from employees inside the post office. However, self-service post office kiosks and post office boxes located in parts of the building that aren’t secured are still accessible.
UPS is open on Columbus Day. Any service usually available on a Monday is operational.
FedEx is also operating on Columbus Day. However, FedEx Express and FedEx SmartPost have modified service.
When in Doubt, Call to Confirm
If you have any doubts about whether a location is open, it’s always best to call in advance. That way, you can confirm the schedule before you head that direction, ensuring you don’t waste time.
Do you know of anything else that closes on Columbus Day? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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