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What’s Open & Closed on Labor Day

Wondering what is open and what is closed on Labor Day? You’re not alone! Here’s a quick list of what is open and closed:

Most government offices will be closed. This includes federal, state, county, and city offices. Post offices will be closed and mail will not be delivered on Labor Day. Most public buildings such as libraries are closed or may be open only for limited hours.

Most banks will be closed.

Stock markets will be closed.

Most public and private schools will be closed. This includes primary schools, high schools, colleges, and universities.

SOME UPS Stores will be open while others will be closed. UPS observes the Labor Day holiday, so there will be no pickups or deliveries on September 4.

Most shopping malls and shopping centers will be open holiday hours. 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, Sears, Younkers. Several stores will be featuring Labor Day sales with deals, discounts, and special promotions.

Most supermarkets and grocery stores will be open holiday hours: A&P, Albertsons, ALDI, Baker’s, BI-LO, Carrs, Cashwise/Coborn’s, Cub Foods, Dillons, Food4Less, Food City, Food Lion, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, Genuardi’s, Gerbes, Giant Eagle, H-E-B, Harris Teeter, Hornbacher’s, Hy-Vee, Ingles, Jewel-Osco, King Soopers, Kroger, Meijer, Owens, Publix, QFC, Raley’s, Ralphs, Randalls, Safeway, Save-a-Lot, Shaw’s/Star Market, Sweetbay, Vons, Winn-Dixie.


Most “big box” stores will be open holiday hours: Academy Sports + Outdoors, Barnes & Noble, Bass Pro Shops, Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, Big Lots, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Burlington Coat Factory, Cabela’s, Costco, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Gander Mountain, The Home Depot, IKEA, Kmart, Kohl’s, Lowe’s, Menards, Office Depot, Office Max, Old Navy, PetSmart, Ross Dress for Less, Sam’s Club, SkopKo, Staples, Target, Trader Joes, Toys R Us, Walmart.

Your favorite bars and restaurants will be open holiday hours with Labor Day food and drink specials: Applebee’s, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery, Bonefish Grill, Buffalo Wild Wings, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Chili’s, Hooters, Logan’s Roadhouse, Longhorn Steakhouse, O’Charley’s, Olive Garden, On The Border, Outback Steakhouse, Red Lobster, Red Robin, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Ruby Tuesday, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Texas Roadhouse, T.G.I. Friday’s.

Movie theaters and cinemas are open. Since most kids are out of school, Labor 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 may be open or closed. State and local laws regarding the sale of alcoholic beverages (liquor, beer, and wine) on Labor 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.

Enjoy the holiday and the unofficial end of summer. Labor Day only comes once per year. For 2017, it happens on Monday, September 4.

Labor Day Cell Phone Sales Deals & Specials

If you’re in the market for a new smartphone or wireless cell phone, you should know Labor Day Weekend (September 2-3-4) is typically one of the busiest holidays of the year for new phone sales. 2017 is no exception. 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 Labor 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. Labor Day weekend will be a good time to shop for a new phone. We should see some good iPad and tablet sales, too. This summer, 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 2017 Labor Day cell phone sales in your local area for the best prices. Happy wireless phone deal hunting!

Labor Day Furniture Sales Deals & Specials

If you’re shopping for new home furnishings, don’t forget Labor Day Weekend (September 2-3-4) is traditionally one of the biggest holidays of the year for new furniture sales. 2017 is no exception. 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 Labor 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 Labor 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. The Labor Day 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 2017 Labor Day furniture sales in your local area for the best deals. Happy furniture shopping!

Labor Day Computer Sales Deals & Specials

If you’re shopping for a new laptop or desktop computer, don’t forget Labor Day Weekend (September 2-3-4) is traditionally one of the biggest holidays of the year for new computer sales. 2017 is no exception. Best Buy, Walmart, Office Max, Office Depot, Staples, Sam’s Club, Costco, Fry’s Electronics, Radio Shack, Micro Center, Dell.com, 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.

Labor 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 Labor 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 2017 Labor Day computer sales in your local area and online for the best deals. Happy computer shopping!

Labor Day Car Truck SUV Sales Deals & Rebates

If you’re in the market for a new car or truck deal, don’t forget Labor Day Weekend (September 2-3-4) is one of the biggest holidays of the year for new auto sales. 2017 is no exception. 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 Labor Day car, truck, and SUV sales.

In addition to savings of several thousands of dollars on most models, look for Labor Day offers of free airline tickets and gift cards. 0% financing is once again being offered on some models with payment terms up to 72 months. There are plenty of cash back rebate offers to be found. 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 11.5 years old. The Labor Day holiday weekend will be a good time to shop for a replacement. This summer, 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 2017 Labor Day car, truck & SUV sales in your local area for the best deals. Happy auto shopping!

Labor Day Appliance Electronics Sales & Deals

If you’re in the market for new home electronics or appliances, you should know Labor Day Weekend (September 2-3-4) is typically one of the busiest holidays of the year for appliance and electronics sales. 2017 is no exception. 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 Labor 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 Labor Day sales will be a good time to shop for new models. This summer, 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 2017 Labor Day electronics and appliance sales online for the best prices. Happy deal hunting!

Civic Holiday Long Weekend What’s Open/Closed

Many Canadians are wondering what is open and what is closed on the August Civic Holiday and throughout the Long Weekend. Also known as Heritage Day in Alberta, Saskatchewan Day in Saskatchewan, Regatta Day in Newfoundland/Labrador, and Natal Day in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. If that’s not confusing enough, the Civic Holiday is called Colonel By Day in Ottawa, Simcoe Day in Toronto, and Joseph Brant Day in Burlington, Ontario. Got all that? Here’s a quick list of what is open and closed across Canada on Monday, August 7, 2017:

Most government offices will be closed. Federal, provincial, and city offices will be closed. Canada Post will be closed and mail will not be delivered on August Civic Holiday. Post offices operated by the private sector may be open, however. Most public buildings such as libraries are closed or may be open with limited hours only.

Most child-care centres will be closed.

Most banks will be closed.

Most public and private schools will be closed. This includes primary schools, high schools, colleges, and universities.

Most grocery stores, supermarkets and convenience stores will be open, possibly with limited hours.

Shopping malls and shopping centres will be open, although some may have special hours of operation (open late and/or close early.) Several stores will be featuring Civic Holiday sales with discounts, special promotions, and coupon deals.

Nearly all movie theaters and cinemas are open. August Civic Holiday is a big movie day. Many theatres and cineplexes offer additional early and/or late showings on this day.

Most liquor stores and beer stores will be open, possibly with reduced holiday hours. In Ontario, LCBO and The Beer Store locations will generally be open. Provincial and local laws regarding the sale of alcoholic beverages (liquor, beer, and wine) on August Civic Holiday and other holidays vary by location.

Recreation centers may or may not be open.

Some stores will open late and/or close early on Civic Holiday, so be sure to call ahead and confirm hours of operation before heading out.

Trash and garbage collection will proceed on holiday schedule in most areas.

Most bars and restaurants will be open normal hours.

Garden centres will be open.

Most tourist attractions, the CN Tower, the Vancouver Aquarium, museums, and galleries will be open.

Buses, trains, subways, and other public transportation will run, but most locations will be on holiday schedule.

In summary, some private businesses observe August Civic Holiday and Long Weekend with special hours of operation or close for the day while others do not. Government entities are nearly always closed on Civic Holiday.

August Civic Holiday only comes to Canada once per year. For 2017, it happens on Monday, August 7. Be safe and enjoy your Long Weekend.

4th of July Car Truck SUV Sales & Deals

If you’re in the market for a new car or truck deal, don’t forget Independence Day and 4th of July Weekend is one of the biggest holidays of the year for new auto sales. This year is no exception. 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 July 4th car, truck, and SUV sales.

In addition to savings of several thousands of dollars on most models, look for Independence 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 4th of July holiday will be a good time to shop for a replacement. This summer, 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 July 4th car, truck & SUV sales in your local area for the best deals. Happy auto shopping!

4th of July Furniture Sales Deals & Specials

If you’re shopping for new home furnishings, don’t forget Independence Day and 4th of July Weekend is traditionally one of the biggest holidays of the year for new furniture sales. This year is no exception. 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 July 4th 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 Independence 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. The 4th of July holiday 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 July 4th furniture sales in your local area for the best deals. Happy furniture shopping!

What’s Open & Closed on the 4th of July

Wondering what is open and what is closed on Independence Day? You’re not alone! Here’s a quick list:

Most government offices will be closed. This includes federal, state, county, and city offices. Post Offices will be closed and mail will not be delivered on July 4th. Most public buildings such as libraries are closed or may be open limited hours.

Most banks will be closed.

Stock markets will be closed.

Most public and private schools will be closed. This includes primary schools, high schools, colleges, and universities.

SOME UPS Stores will be open while others will be closed. UPS observes the Independence Day holiday, so there will be no pickups or deliveries on July 4th.

Most shopping malls and shopping centers will be open holiday hours. This includes the anchor stores typically found in malls.

Most supermarkets, grocery stores, and “big box” stores will be open holiday hours.

Your favorite bars and restaurants will be open holiday hours with Independence Day food and drink specials.

Movie theaters and cinemas are open. Since most people are off work, the 4th of July 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 may be open or closed. State and local laws regarding the sale of alcoholic beverages (liquor, beer, and wine) on July 4 and other holidays vary by location.

Recreation centers are generally open.

Trash and garbage collection will proceed on normal schedule in most areas.

Buses, trains, subways, and other public transportation will run. Some locations will be on holiday schedule.

Independence Day only comes once per year. Enjoy your holiday and the unofficial middle of summer!