Wondering what is open and what is closed on Presidents Day? You’re not alone! Here’s a quick list of what is open and closed on the combination holiday for George Washington’s birthday and Abe Lincoln’s birthday:
Most government offices will be closed. Federal, state, county, and city offices will be closed. Post offices will be closed and mail will not be delivered on Presidents Day. Most public buildings such as libraries are closed or may be open only for limited hours.
Some banks will be closed, but others will be open.
Stock markets will be closed.
Most schools will be closed. This includes primary schools, high schools, colleges, and universities.
Most shopping malls and shopping centers will be open normal hours. This includes the anchor stores typically found in malls: Sears, JCPenney, Dillard’s, Belk, Neiman Marcus, Lord & Taylor, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergners, the Bon-Ton, Boston Store, Carson Pirie Scott, Herberger’s, Younkers, and Nordstrom. Several stores will be featuring Presidents Day sales with discounts, special promotions, and coupon deals.
Most supermarkets and grocery stores will be open normal hours: Kroger, Dillons, King Soopers, Cub, Rainbow Foods, ALDI, Randalls, Dominick’s, Sav-a-Lot, Safeway, Vons, Baker’s, Winn-Dixie, Albertsons, Publix, Food Lion, Gerbes, BI-LO, Harris Teeter, Carrs, Genuardi’s, Jewel-Osco, Meijer, A&P, Food City, Fry’s, Hy-Vee, Ingles, Cashwise/Coborn’s, Owens, Food4Less, Fred Meyer, Ralphs, Hornbacher’s, H-E-B, QFC, Giant Eagle, Shaw’s/Star Market, Raley’s, and Sweetbay.
Most “big box” stores will be open normal hours: Best Buy, Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond, The Home Depot, Lowes, PetSmart, Kohl’s, Toys R Us, Costco, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Sam’s Club, Burlington Coat Factory, Old Navy, Staples, Office Max, Office Depot, Target, Trader Joes, SkopKo, Kmart, IKEA, Meijer, Sports Authority, Barnes & Noble, Ross, Menards, Bass Pro Shops, Cabelas, Gander Mountain, Big Lots, Dick’s Sporting Goods, PetSmart, etc.
Your favorite bars and restaurants will be open normal hours with Presidents Day food and drink specials: Texas Roadhouse, Longhorn Steakhouse, T.G.I. Friday’s, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Hooters, Chili’s, Applebee’s, On The Border, Buffalo Wild Wings, Red Robin, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery, O’Charley’s, Ruby Tuesday, Olive Garden, Logan’s Roadhouse, Bonefish Grill, Red Lobster, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Outback Steakhouse, and Romano’s Macaroni Grill, just to name a few.
Movie theaters and cinemas are open. Since some kids are out of school, Presidents Day is a big movie day. Some cineplexes offer additional early and/or late showings on this day.
Nearly all casinos and other gaming facilities will be open.
Liquor stores and ABC stores are usually open. State and local laws regarding the sale of alcoholic beverages (liquor, beer, and wine) on Presidents Day and other holidays vary by location.
Recreation centers are likely open.
Trash and garbage collection will proceed on normal schedule in most areas.
Buses, trains, subways, and other public transportation will run, but some locations will be on holiday schedule.
In summary, some private businesses observe Presidents Day with special hours of operation or close for the holiday while others do not. Government entities are nearly always closed on Presidents Day.
Presidents Day only comes once per year. Enjoy your holiday!