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What’s Open & Closed on Easter Sunday

Wondering what is open and what is closed on Easter Sunday? You’re not alone! Used to be, almost everything besides churches, convenience stores, and gas stations was closed on Easter. Today, some businesses are open while others remain closed for the holiday. Here’s a quick list of what is open and closed:

Because Easter falls on a Sunday, government offices will be closed. This includes federal, state, county, and city offices. Post Offices will be closed and mail will not be delivered. Public buildings such as libraries are likely closed as well.

Banks will be closed.

Stock markets will be closed.

Schools will be closed. This includes primary schools, high schools, colleges, and universities.

Most shopping malls and shopping centers will be closed. This includes the anchor stores typically found in malls: Belk, Bergners, Bloomingdale’s, Bon-Ton, Boscov’s, Boston Store, Carson Pirie Scott, Dillard’s, Elder-Beerman, Gordmans, Herberger’s, JCPenney, Lord & Taylor, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Younkers. Sears stores with separate outside entrances may be open.

These supermarkets and grocery stores will be open, running on holiday schedule with reduced hours in most cases: Albertsons, Baker’s, BI-LO, Carrs, Cashwise/Coborn’s, Dillons, Food4Less, Food City, Food Lion, Fry’s, Genuardi’s, Gerbes, Harris Teeter, Hornbacher’s, Hy-Vee, Ingles, Jewel-Osco, King Soopers, Kroger, Meijer, Owens, QFC, Raley’s, Ralphs, Randalls, Safeway, Save-a-Lot, Shaw’s/Star Market, Sweetbay, Vons, Winn-Dixie.

These grocers will be closed at most locations: A&P, ALDI, Cub Foods, Fred Meyer, Giant Eagle, H-E-B, Publix.

Some “big box” stores will be open holiday hours: Bass Pro Shops, Gander Mountain, The Home Depot, Kmart, Lowes, Menards, PetSmart, Toys R Us, Walmart.


Other retailers will remain closed on Easter Sunday: Academy Sports + Outdoors, Barnes & Noble, Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, Big Lots, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Burlington Coat Factory, Cabela’s, Costco, Dick’s Sporting Goods, IKEA, Kohl’s, Office Depot, Office Max, Old Navy, Ross Dress for Less, Sam’s Club, SkopKo, Staples, Target, Trader Joes. .

Because many chain restaurants and bars are franchise operations, hours and open/closed status will vary by location.

Most movie theaters and cinemas are open.

Nearly all casinos and other gaming facilities will be open.

Liquor stores may or may not be open. State and local laws regarding the sale of alcoholic beverages (liquor, beer, and wine) on Easter Sunday and other holidays vary by location.

Recreation centers are likely closed.

Trash and garbage will not be collected in most areas. Collection will proceed on holiday schedule.

Parking meters are not enforced on Easter Sunday in many locations.

Buses, trains, subways, and other public transportation may not be running or will run on holiday schedule.

Enjoy your Easter holiday!

Restaurants Open Thanksgiving Day Menu Specials

Will your favorite restaurant be open on Turkey Day? Be sure before you head out for Thanksgiving Dinner. With just days to go, we are receiving confirmation of open/closed status, hours of operation, and special menus/pricing for restaurants on Thanksgiving Day:

Applebee’s will be open on Thanksgiving Day. Hours vary by location.

Black Angus Steakhouse presents their Thanksgiving Day Feast! Features roasted turkey, home style mashed potatoes with gravy, sage dressing, sweet potato, steamed broccoli, fresh cranberries, plus pumpkin pie with whipped cream. Also includes warm molasses bread and your choice of soup or garden salad. Cost is $18.99 adults, $9.99 kids. Price not valid at Cattle Company restaurants in Anchorage, Alaska and Pearl City, Hawaii.

Bob Evans will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 8:00AM-8:00PM. A special holiday menu will be served from 11:00AM-8:00PM. Enjoy Slow Roasted Turkey, Hickory-Smoked Ham, or Slow-Roasted Pork & Mushrooms with all the trimmings, just $14.99 each. Includes Endless Bread and your choice of 3 sides, plus a slice of pie for dessert. Kids will love the Turkey Lurkey Kids Dinner, priced at $6.99.

CASINOS are almost always open on Thanksgiving. Many casinos serve special themed buffets on holidays. Turkey, ham, and all the trimmings can be yours, all-you-can-eat, at a reasonable price. Having spent a previous Thanksgiving in Biloxi, Mississippi, I can assure you there’s some good eatin’ to be found at the casino buffets on Thanksgiving Day!

Claim Jumper will be serving their Special Holiday Menu from 11:00AM-6:00PM. Entrée choices include Roasted Turkey, Ham Dinner, Ham & Turkey Supper, Slow-Roasted Prime Rib, Grilled Salmon, or Salmon Oscar. If you’re REALLY hungry, try “The Feast” with turkey, ham, plus hand-carved Tri-Tip. Pricing ranges from $23.99-$30.99. Not available at Golden Nugget or Opry Mills locations. Opry Mills will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

Coco’s Bakery Restaurant will be serving their special Thanksgiving Day Menu. Entrée choices include Bone-In Ribeye Steak, Spicy Atlantic Chicken Salad, Country Ham Dinner, Grilled Atlantic Salmon, and of course, Roasted Turkey Dinner. Plus 8 Ounce Prime Rib Dinner from 11AM for as long as it lasts. Hours and menu pricing varies by location.

Country Buffet will be open on Thanksgiving Day, serving an all-day dinner buffet until 7:00PM. Price and serving hours vary by location. Enjoy traditional oven roasted sliced turkey, honey glazed baked ham, plus all your other Turkey Day favorites.

Denny’s will be open 24 hours on Thanksgiving. Turkey and dressing will be available, as well as Denny’s regular menu items.

The Dixie Café and The Delta Café will be open and serving their annual Turkey & Dressing Feast. Enjoy slow-roasted turkey with homemade dressing, gravy, and cranberry sauce. Plus 2 sides and rolls, all for just $10.99. Available from 11:00AM-5:00PM.

El Torito Mexican restaurants of California will be open and serving their special Thanksgiving Buffet. Feast on Roasted Turkey, Apple Jalapeño Stuffing, Chipotle Honey Sweet Potatoes, Garlic-Ginger Green Beans, and Cream of Pumpkin Soup. Plus a Taco Station, Dessert Bar, and other Mexican Favorites. Serving hours: 11:00AM-7:00PM. Price is $20.99 for adults ($22.99 at Monterey location) and $6.99 for kids. Reservations are suggested.

Fire Mountain will be open on Thanksgiving Day, serving an all-day dinner buffet until 7:00PM. Price and serving hours vary by location. Enjoy traditional oven roasted sliced turkey, honey glazed baked ham, plus all your other Turkey Day favorites.

Golden Corral will be open on Thanksgiving Day, serving an all-day dinner buffet from 11:00AM-6:00PM. Cost is $12.99-14.99 for adults (price varies by market.) Enjoy sliced turkey, carved turkey, pot roast, fried chicken, rotisserie chicken, meatloaf, glazed ham, shrimp, sirloin steaks, plus much more.

Hometown Buffet will be open on Thanksgiving Day, serving an all-day dinner buffet until 7:00PM. Price and serving hours vary by location. Enjoy traditional oven roasted sliced turkey, honey glazed baked ham, plus all your other Turkey Day favorites.

Houlihans of Minnesota will be serving Thanksgiving dinner from Noon-7:00PM. Cost is $16.95 for adults, $6.95 for kids age 10 and under. Same price as last year! Featuring turkey, mashed potatoes & gravy, stuffing, cranberries, vegetables, rolls, and pumpkin pie. Reservations are suggested.

Huddle House will be open Thanksgiving Day. In fact, Huddle House is open 24 hours a day, 365 days per year.

Izzy’s restaurants of Oregon and Washington will be serving a special Thanksgiving Day dinner. Hours are from 11:00AM-6:00PM at most locations. Menu includes Brined & Smoked Turkey, Grilled Steak, Pumpkin Pie, Cornbread Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Yams, Turkey Gravy, Sweet Potato Scones, plus Izzy’s Dinner Grill Buffet items. Cost is $14.99 per person. Not all locations will be open on November 26, so call ahead before heading out.

Krystal is open on Thanksgiving Day. Most locations are open 364 days per year, closing only on Christmas Day.

Luby’s will be serving a special Thanksgiving meal for $10.99 per person. Same price as last year! Includes entrée, 2 sides, cornbread dressing, dinner roll, and dessert. Available for dine-in or take it to go.

Maggiano’s Little Italy will be serving a complete four course Thanksgiving Day meal. Price is $44.95 per person. Kids 5-12 are $18.95 per person. Reservations are suggested and available online. Carryout packages are $225.00 and will serve approximately 5 people.

McDonald’s is open on Thanksgiving Day in many areas. Several locations are franchise restaurants, so please call to confirm before heading out.

Morton’s The Steakhouse will be open from 1:00PM-9:00PM on Thanksgiving Day at most locations. All regular menu items will be served. Reservations are suggested.

Old Country Buffet will be open on Thanksgiving Day, serving an all-day dinner buffet until 7:00PM. Price and serving hours vary by location. Enjoy traditional oven roasted sliced turkey, honey glazed baked ham, plus all your other Turkey Day favorites.

Perkins Restaurant & Bakery will be serving a complete turkey dinner on Thanksgiving Day at most locations. Includes oven-roasted and hand-carved Butterball turkey & dressing, 2 side items, warm dinner roll, plus a FREE slice of pumpkin pie! Pricing and serving hours vary by location.

Romano’s Macaroni Grill offers you to celetrate Thanksgiving Italian style! Serving hours on Thursday, November 26 are from 4:00-8:00PM.

Ruby Tuesday will be open on Thanksgiving Day. All regular menu items will be available. Hours of operation will vary by location.

Ryan’s will be open on Thanksgiving Day, serving an all-day dinner buffet until 7:00PM. Price and serving hours vary by location. Enjoy traditional oven roasted sliced turkey, honey glazed baked ham, plus all your other Turkey Day favorites.

Shoney’s Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet offers all the traditional fixings. Includes turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, sweet potato casserole, plus much more. Enjoy a FREE slice of pumpkin pie with your Shoney’s Thanksgiving Day Buffet.

Waffle House will be open Thanksgiving Day. In fact, Waffle House is open 24 hours a day, 365 days per year.

White Castle will be open for those of you needing your Thanksgiving Day Slider fix. Most White Castles are open 24 hours per day, 364 days per year. They only close on Christmas Day.

Presidents Day Car Truck SUV Sales & Deals

If you’re in the market for a new car or truck deal, don’t forget Presidents Day weekend is one of the biggest holidays of the year for new auto sales. Your local Honda, Toyota, Chevy/Buick/Cadillac/GMC, Suzuki, Ford/Lincoln, Hyundai, BMW, Volkswagen, Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep, Kia/Hyundai, Infiniti, Nissan, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Subaru, Lexus, and Volvo dealers will have large inventories and be ready to deal via their websites. Many independent used car dealers will also have big Presidents Day car, truck, and SUV sales.

In addition to savings of several thousands of dollars on most models, look for Presidents Day offers of free airline tickets and gift cards. 0% financing is once again being offered on some models. Plus extended warranties and discounts on service/maintenance plans.

Because of the “challenging” economy these past few years, most of us have kept our cars and trucks longer than we normally do. The average used vehicle is now over 11 years old. The Presidents Day holiday weekend will be a good time to shop for a replacement. This winter, many people are in a better financial situation today vs years past, so auto dealers are rolling out the sales, discounts, and rebate incentives. Check the Presidents Day car, truck & SUV sales in your local area for the best deals. Happy auto shopping!

Presidents Day Furniture Sales Deals & Specials

If you’re shopping for new home furnishings, don’t forget Presidents Day Weekend is traditionally one of the biggest holidays of the year for new furniture sales. Your local Broyhill, Sauder, La-Z-Boy, Drexel Heritage, Ethan Allen, Council, Durham, Century, Henkel Harris, Stickley, Hickour Chair, Hooker, Lane, Vaughan Bassett, Pennsylvania House, and Berhnardt dealers will have large inventories and be ready to make a deal via their websites.

Several independent furniture dealers such as Ashley Furniture, IKEA, Havertys, Kane’s Furniture, Slumberland, HOM Furniture, and all the big box stores will have large Presidents Day sales. The many North Carolina furniture outlets will have special offers on your favorite pieces.

In addition to savings of several hundreds of dollars on most dining room, living room, and bedroom/mattress sets & suites, look for Presidents Day coupon and promo code sales to get substantial savings off the furniture group or set of your choice.

Because the economy has been less than spectacular these past few years, most of us have kept our furniture and bedding sets longer than we normally do. This holiday weekend will be a good time to shop for new furniture. Many people are in a better financial situation today vs years past, so manufacturers and dealers are rolling out the sales, discounts, coupons, rebates, and special promotional offers. Check the Presidents Day furniture sales in your local area for the best deals. Happy furniture shopping!

Presidents Day Cell Phone Sales Deals & Specials

If you’re in the market for a new smartphone or wireless cell phone, you should know Presidents Day weekend is typically one of the busiest holidays of the year for new phone sales. Your local Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and U.S. Cellular stores and authorized agents will be well-stocked and ready to deal. There are many phones available FREE with activation of a qualifying service plan and contract.

Watch for special Presidents Day promotional offers on prepaid phones and service from Boost Mobile, Cricket Wireless, NET 10, TracFone, Straight Talk, and Virgin Mobile.

Because of the “challenging” economy these past few years, most of us have kept our cell phones and smartphones longer than in years past. Presidents Day weekend will be a good time to shop for a new phone. We should see some good iPad and tablet sales, too. This winter, many people are in a better financial situation today vs years past, so wireless phone dealers are rolling out the sales, discounts, and rebate incentives. Check the Presidents Day cell phone sales in your local area for the best prices. Happy wireless phone deal hunting!

Presidents Day Appliance Electronics Sales & Deals

If you’re in the market for new home electronics or appliances, you should know Presidents Day weekend is typically one of the busiest holidays of the year for appliance and electronics sales. Washers, dryers, dishwashers, ranges/microwaves, refrigerators/freezers, flat screen LCD/LED/plasma TVs, gaming consoles, plus laptop/desktop computers/printers and accessories will all be featured with deep discounts.

Watch for special Presidents Day promotional offers on appliances and electronics from Amana, LG, Samsung, Frigidaire, Sony, Toshiba, Dell, HP, Apple, and many other manufacturers. Deals can be found on the various store websites.

Because of the “challenging” economy these past few years, most of us have kept our home electronics and appliances longer than in years past. The Presidents Day sales will be a good time to shop for new models. This winter, many people are in a better financial situation today vs years past, so appliance and electronics dealers are rolling out the sales, discounts, and rebate incentives. Check the Presidents Day electronics and appliance sales online for the best prices. Happy deal hunting!

Presidents Day Computer Sales Deals & Specials

If you’re shopping for a new laptop or desktop computer, don’t forget Presidents Day weekend is traditionally one of the biggest holidays of the year for new computer sales. Best Buy, Walmart, Office Max, Office Depot, Staples, Sam’s Club, Costco, hhgregg, Fry’s Electronics, Radio Shack, Micro Center, Dell.com, CompUSA/Tiger Direct, and Amazon.com will all have large inventories and be ready to make a deal online and in their stores.

Save on the latest desktop and laptop computer models from HP, Lenovo, Asus, Compaq, Acer, Dell, Advent, Toshiba, Apple Mac, Everex, Sony Vaio, Gateway, Samsung, and Toshiba. Sales can be found on the various store websites.

Presidents Day is also a good time to purchase computer accessories, peripheral devices, and related products such as the iPad and other tablets, iPod, portable hard drives, printers, laptop cases, and software.

Because the economy has been less than spectacular these past few years, most of us have kept our computers longer than we normally do. The Presidents Day sales will be a good time to shop for new desktops and laptops. Many people are in a better financial situation today vs years past, so manufacturers and dealers are rolling out the sales, discounts, coupons, rebates, and special promotional offers. Check the Presidents Day computer sales in your local area and online for the best deals. Happy computer shopping!

What’s Open & Closed on Presidents Day

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!

Memorial Day Soda Pop Sales by Store and Price

There are 5 times each year to buy soda pop: the week before Memorial Day, Independence Day (July 4), Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas/New Year’s. Many stores will sell sodas at or below cost during these times. The purpose is to get you into the store where they hope you will then purchase all your other holiday groceries and party items there.

Memorial Day is no exception. Everyone wants to know “Who has cheap soda pop deals this week? Here’s the list:

Albertsons – Pepsi products, 12 pack cans: 4 for $10.00. 7UP products (7UP, Squirt, Sunkist), 12 pack cans: 4 for $9. Limit 4. Must buy 4. Sale price valid May 24-25-26-27 only.

Cub Foods – Pepsi products, 12 pack cans: 4 for $8.88. Limit 4. Must buy 4 and use coupon, available in the weekly sale ad. Sale price valid through Saturday, May 25.

CVS Pharmacy – Coke products, 12 pack cans: 4 for $12.00. Limit 4. Also, 2 liter bottles, 74 cents each (99 cents sale price less 25 cent instant coupon.) Limit 1 with coupon. Limit 5 @ 99 cents. Sale price valid through Saturday, May 25.

Dillons – Coke/Pepsi/7UP products, 12 pack cans: 4 for $12.00. Limit 4. Must buy 4. Sale price valid through Tuesday, May 28.

Dollar General – Pepsi products, 12 pack cans: 2 for $6.00. Must buy 2. Also, Coke products, 2 liter bottles: 3 for $3. Must purchase 3 to get sale price. Sale price valid through June 1.

Hy-Vee – Coke/Pepsi/7UP products, 12 pack cans or 8 pack of 12 ounce bottles: 4 for $10.00. Limit 4. Must buy 4 and use coupon, available in the weekly sale ad. Sale price valid through Tuesday, May 28.

King Soopers – Coke/Pepsi/7Up products, 12 pack cans: 4 for $10.00. Limit 4. Must buy 4. Sale price valid through Tuesday, May 28.

Kmart – Pepsi products, 24 pack cans: 2 for $11.00. Limit 2. Must buy 2. Sale price valid through Monday, May 27.

Kroger – Coke/Pepsi/7UP products, 12 pack cans: 4 for $13.00. Must buy 4. Also, Coke/Pepsi products, 6 pack of 16.9 ounce bottles: 4 for $11. Sale price valid through Tuesday, May 28. (End date may vary by market.)

Meijer – Coke/Pepsi products, 24 pack cans: 2 for $11. Limit 2. Sale price valid through Monday, May 27.

Publix – Coke products, 12 pack cans or 8 pack of 12 ounce bottles: 4 for $12.00 when you buy 3 and get 1 free. Sale price valid through Wednesday, May 22.

Rainbow Foods – Coke products, 12 pack cans, 4 for $10.00. Limit 4. Requires additional $5 purchase. Sale price valid through Monday, May 27.

Safeway – Coke/Pepsi/7UP products, 12 pack cans: 4 for $10.00. Limit 4. Must buy 4. Sale price valid May 24-25-26-27 only.

Shopko – Pepsi products, 24 pack cans: 2 for $12.00. Limit 4. Sale price valid May 23-24-25 only.

Target – Pepsi products, 12 pack cans, 4 for $10.00 or 4 for $11.00, depending on market. Sale price valid through Saturday, May 25.

Vons – Coke/Pepsi/7UP products, 12 pack cans, buy 2 and get 3 FREE. Price varies by market. Limit 5. Must buy 5. Sale valid through Tuesday, May 28.

Walgreens – Coke products, 12 pack cans, 3 for $11.00. Sale price valid through Saturday, May 27.

Walmart – Coke products, 6 pack cans, $1.50. Sale price valid through Monday, May 27.

Winn-Dixie – Coke products, 12 pack cans: 4 for $11.00. Limit 4. Must buy 4. Sale price valid through Tuesday, May 28.

This list will be updated as we get closer to Memorial Day 2013 with additional cheap soda pop deals and sale prices. Prices may vary by market and region. If you’ve spotted a great pop special, please post it here via the ‘comments’ section or e-mail it to us. Don’t pay too much for sodas this holiday weekend. Check Cheapolife and save!