What is open and closed on Memorial Day weekend?May 28, 2021
Around 37 million Americans are expected to travel more than 50 miles this Memorial Day weekend, according to American Automobile Association. Some people and families are planning to travel as COVID-19 restrictions and mask mandates for those vaccinated have eased since last year.
Whether you are out and about or staying at home, be aware that some usual services and stores may be closed this weekend. Memorial Day became a federal holiday in 1971. Originally, it was known as Decoration Day, a Civil War-era tradition in which loved ones decorated the graves of soldiers at the end of May. Today, it honors soldiers who have died in uniform.
Whether enjoying the holiday’s sales or preparing for a road trip, here’s a list of what will be open and closed on Memorial Day.
Grocery stores and restaurants
Major grocery stores will remain open although their normal businesses hours may be adjusted. You can check your local grocery store’s website for their hours of operations. An alternate option would be Amazon Fresh, Shipt or Instacart, which delivers groceries even on Memorial Day. However Costco Wholesale will be closed on Monday.
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The United States Postal Service, FedEx and UPS will not deliver mail. Although critical services such as FedEx Custom Critical and UPS Express Critical will continue operating. Depending on the location, some FedEx Office will remain open will operate on modified hours.
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Convenience stores such as Walgreens and CVS will be open on modified hours depending on the location. Gas stations with convenience stores such Wawa and QuickTrip will remain open.
The New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq and bond markets will be shut down on Monday. However foreign markets will remain open.
While most banks will be closed, ATMs and banks’ mobile apps can complete general banking transactions. The Federal Reserve Banks will also be closed.
If not already on summer break, most private and public schools will be closed on Memorial Day.
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