Happy Independence Day! The 4th of July is a federal holiday. Therefore, many things are closed. In fact, some things will be closed July 3rd, too, in observance of the holiday. That said, a number of places do remain open in 4th of July. You can even find some big sales at retail stores on this holiday.
Here’s your complete guide to what’s open/closed on 4th of July 2020:
Quick Glance: What’s Open/Closed on 4th of July 2020?
Generally speaking, retail stores and restaurants will be open on Saturday, 4th of July, 2020.
Generally speaking, government offices and services will be closed on 4th of July 2020. Additionally, some of these services are closed July 3, 2020 as well, in observance of the holiday.
In-Depth: What’s Closed on 4th of July 2020?
As mentioned, this is a federal holiday. Most government offices and services are going to be closed. Additionally, some of these are closed on Friday, July 3rd. That’s because the holiday falls on a Saturday this year. When federal holidays fall on a Saturday, government offices observe them on Friday (since they are already closed on Saturdays anyway.)
Banks are Closed on 4th of July
Banks and credit unions will be closed on 4th of July. Some credit unions may also be closed, or have shorter hours, on Friday, July 3rd.
Costco Warehouses are Closed on 4th of July
Although many retailers are open for 4th of July, Costco opts to close for about half a dozen holidays each year. 4th of July is one of them.
Garbage Services May or May Not Be Open on 4th of July
Garbage services may or may not be closed on 4th of July, depending on your area. In most cases, when a holiday falls on a weekend, garbage service is not impacted. Therefore, in most places, if you typically get garbage pickup on Saturdays, you should still have regular service. However, check with your local sanitation department for specifics relevant to your location.
Government Offices Are Closed on 3rd and 4th of July
Government offices are closed on Friday July 3rd in observance of Independence Day. They will re-open as usual on Monday, July 6th, 2020. Government offices include courthouses, the DMV, and social security offices. Therefore, if you need to take care of this type of business, you should do so before the end of the day on Thursday, July 2nd.
Libraries are Closed on 4th of July
Libraries are closed on July 4th, 2020 in observance of Independence Day.
Some libraries are closed on July 3rd this year as well. Check with your local library before heading over there on Friday.
The Post Office is Closed on 4th of July
The US Post Office is closed on 4th of July. There will also be no mail service on this day. There will be regular mail service on Friday, July 3 and USPS locations will be open regular hours that day.
Other mail services will also be closed in observance of 4th of July. FedEx and UPS are both closed for the holidays.
Schools are Closed on 4th of July
This seems like a moot point this year. Most schools are closed for the summer. Many schools are closed because of COVID-19 restrictions. And the holiday falls on a Saturday. Therefore, obviously, schools aren’t going to be open on 4th of July this year.
That said, if your child attends a weekend daycare program or something similar, you should check with them to see if they’ll be open or closed on 4th of July. Most likely, they will be closed.
Stock Market is Closed on 3rd and 4th of July
The stock market (NYSE and NASDAQ) will close on July 3rd in observance of the holiday. The markets will re-open as usual on Monday, July 6th.
The bond market (SIFMA) will close on July 2 at 2pm ET and will also be closed on July 3rd.
In-Depth: What’s Open on 4th of July 2020?
Retail stores and restaurants are typically open on 4th of July 2020. In fact, they often have big sales and deals in recognition of the holiday. Many people enjoy shopping on Independence Day for that reason. Here are some of the stores that will be open on 4th of July 2020:
Major drugstores including Walgreens and CVS are open regular hours on 4th of July.
Gas Stations are Open on 4th of July
Many people travel for 4th of July weekend. If you’re getting in your car, you’ll want to know where you can get gas. Don’t worry; most gas stations are open regular hours on 4th of July 2020.
Grocery Stores are Open on 4th of July
Major grocery stores are all open on 4th of July. Most of them have regular hours. However, some grocery stores do have shorter hours for the holiday. Check with your local store to be sure or head over midday to catch them while they’re open.
Home Depot is Open on 4th of July
If you want to get some shopping taken care of on the holiday, Home Depot is one place that you can do that. The store will be open on 4th of July.
Public Transportation is Usually Open on 4th of July
If you take buses or other public transportation, then you might want to know if those services are running on 4th of July. Typically, public transportation is open on 4th of July. However, they might run on a Sunday/holiday schedule. Check the local transit schedule and plan accordingly for 4th of July.
Restaurants are Open on 4th of July
Most major restaurant chains are open for 4th of July. Many local restaurants are also open on Independence Day. If you have a favorite spot, check with them to see if they’re open before you head over there. Since it’s a holiday, you might also need a reservation for those places that are open.
Target is Open Regular Hours on 4th of July
Target is open regular hours on 4th of July. If you are having a small get-together, or just want to get some shopping done, the Target near you should be open.
Walmart Is Open Regular Hours on 4th of July
Walmart is open on 4th of July. The store will stay open regular hours the entire week of the Independence Day holiday. In fact, Walmart has a big 4th of July sale that you can take advantage of if you choose to spend the holiday shopping.
However, there are other services inside of some Walmart stores, such as banks and pharmacies, that might be closed in observance of 4th of July.
Other Retail Stores
We can’t list every single retail store in the country, of course. That said, most of them are open on 4th of July, at least as far as major retail chains go. Costco (see above) is the big exception. Small businesses vary in terms of whether or not they will be open for the holiday. Check with your local stores for specifics.
COVID-19 Restricted Hours
Note: COVID-19 restrictions may limit store hours in certain areas. Therefore, even though a store is open on 4th of July, they may have different hours right now.
Each part of the country has different rules right now in regards to shelter-in-place restrictions during the pandemic. Therefore, it’s important that you check with the stores nearest you to see what rules they are following during COVID-19.
Do not just ask a store, “are you open on 4th of July this year?” Instead, be sure to follow-up by asking what their current Saturday store hours are. Make sure that those hours are the same for the holiday.