As a general rule of thumb for most Federal holidays, most retailers will be open, and most government or federal offices will be closed. However, when it comes to the other places people visit on a daily basis, like the gym or the library, things can get confusing.
Here is a summary of some popular places that will be open or closed this Independence Day.
Major Retail Stores
Open– Large retail stores like Walmart and Target will be open on July 4, and many will also be holding special sales over the Fourth of July holiday. Check your local newspapers for flyers outlining the July 4th sales.
Open – Most major grocery store chains will be open on Independence Day. One exception to this is Costco who will be shutting down for business on Tuesday. If you shop at a local independent grocery store you may want to call and verify their hours before heading out to go shopping.
Open– All major drugstores will be open for the holiday. This includes Walgreens and CVS but it may not include local drug stores. Most Walmart pharmacies will be open as well. If you shop at or fill your prescriptions at a local drug store, there is a possibility they are open as well. You will need to call ahead of time to verify their hours.
Federal, State, and Local Governments
Closed – No government offices will be open. Since Independence Day is a federal holiday, government offices considered non-essential will not be open on Tuesday.
Closed – The Stock Market will be closed on July 4th. Since Independence Day falls on a Tuesday this year, the holiday does not effect other stock market days.
Banks & Credit Unions
Closed – Post offices are closed on July 4th. Mail will not be delivered on Tuesday and only self-service machines will be available at your local post office.
Closed – Libraries will be closed July 4. If you need to make it to the library, be sure to make it before they close on Monday or wait until Wednesday.
Closed – There will be no school. Since Independence day is in July and most schools are closed this shouldn’t be a problem but it’s important to note that schools do shut down for federal holidays. So, if your child is in a year-round program they will likely not attend school on Tuesday.
Closed – The majority of garbage services will be closed Tuesday. If you usually have your garbage picked up on Tuesday, they will pick up on Wednesday. If you have any questions about your garbage services, call the company ahead of time to sort out when they will be coming to get your trash.
Open– Gas stations will remain open. Most gas stations will be open during the day. Some will close in the evening on Tuesday but if you are using a credit or debit card, you will be able to pay for your gas at the pump.
Open – Most major chain restaurants will remain open. You shouldn’t have a problem finding a place to eat on Tuesday. However, if there is a locally-owned restaurant you have your heart set on, you may want to call ahead of time and verify their holiday hours.
Gym/ Fitness Center
Open– Some facilities will close early. Those of you who like to work out can be a happy camper this holiday, because your local fitness center should be open to the public. You will have to check with your gym for the schedule of group exercise classes on the Fourth of July (some gyms won’t have any available on Tuesday). Also, privately-owned gyms (like kickboxing gyms or CrossFit gyms) may be closed on Independence Day.
Open– Your local theater will be open on Independence Day. If you have Tuesday off and have been wanting to see a film that is in theaters, you will be able to do so.
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