Martin Luther King Day is quickly approaching. January 18th marks one of 10 federal holidays that may impact your daily routine. Here’s what you need to know about what will be open and closed on Monday to help you plan ahead for next week.
What’s closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day?
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is one of 10 federal holidays observed in the U.S., meaning all banks will be closed. Be prepared to cash your check or take out cash on Tuesday once the banks reopen.
The finance industry, including the New York Stock Exchange, and Nasdaq will also be closed on Monday due to the holiday.
Most schools, including kindergarten through high school, colleges, and universities won’t hold classes on Monday, January 18th. Even for students who are remote learning, kids will likely have day off from school. A few private institutions may be continuing learning through the holiday. Check with your local school website to see if classes will be in session.
The Post Office
Because it is a federal holiday, most government run buildings will be closed. This includes your local post office, the DMV, and City Hall.
UPS and FedEx will remain open for shipping on the holiday.
Don’t wait until Monday to return your book last minute. You should expect your local library to be closed on the holiday.
What’s open on Martin Luther King Jr. Day?
Grocery stores, drug stores, gas stations, and retailers will be open on MLK day. There may be some exceptions for smaller, independent businesses. You should check with your retailer's individual online listing if you are unsure about their holiday schedule.
Most restaurants and will be open for you to enjoy on the holiday. The day off from work is a great way to take advantage of a nearby restaurant or coffee shop. Be sure to bring a mask, social distance, and abide by all COVID-19 restrictions specific to each location and dining place.
Although they are run through the government, national parks will remain open to the public on the holiday. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is one of six national holidays when admission fees are waived by many national parks. This means you and your family can spend your day off day outside, as long as the weather permits.
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