On February 21, 1887, Oregon recognized the first Monday of every September as Labor Day, a new holiday meant to acknowledge the American labor movement and its historic accomplishments (overtime pay, weekends, etc.).

Since then, Labor Day has joined the ranks of Thanksgiving and Veterans Day as a nationally-recognized U.S. federal holiday. While many people use the day, and the long weekend that comes with it, as an excuse to shop 'til they drop (there are sales galore), some places do close their doors whenever the unofficial "end of summer" comes a-knocking.

What’s open on Labor Day?

Labor Day sales are kind of a huge deal. Those looking to buy early Christmas gifts, or just revamp their fall or winter wardrobes, can usually find decent savings at superstore chains like Walmart, Lowe’s, and Best Buy, which all keep their doors open. Here are just some of the major retailers who will be open on Monday, September 7 (though it's always best to call your local store ahead of visiting to confirm any special holiday hours).

    • Best Buy
    • CVS
    • Gap
    • Home Depot
    • IKEA
    • JCPenney
    • Kohl's
    • Lowe’s
    • Macy's
    • Nordstrom
    • Nordstrom Rack
    • Sam's Club
    • Sears
    • Staples
    • Starbucks
    • Target
    • Walmart
    • Whole Foods

What’s closed?

Costco. This bulk/bargain shopper's paradise is well known for its generous employee benefits and vacation policies. It’s one of the only major retailers that shuts down on Labor Day. But when it comes to government-owned organizations, the rules are a bit different.

Is the post office open on Labor Day?

No. Because of Labor Day’s status as a federal holiday, post offices are not open for business. And since postal workers get the day off, there’s no use waiting around for any USPS deliveries or pickups either. Likewise, private delivery services like UPS and FedEx will also be closed.

Are liquor stores open on Labor Day?

This one depends on where you live. Under Oklahoma state law, for example, it’s “illegal for any retail package store to sell, at retail, any alcoholic beverage” on Labor Day (and a handful of other holidays). However, other states (like Massachusetts) allow their liquor stores to remain open. So it’s probably a good idea to double-check your state and county laws before scheduling any booze runs that day.

Are public libraries open on Labor Day?

If you want to kick back with a good beach novel this Labor Day weekend, you'll want to visit your local library in advance. Public libraries are typically closed in observance of this holiday, although some university libraries remain open.

Do government offices stay open on Labor Day?

Don’t bother trying to renew your driver’s license on Labor Day. City, state, and federal government offices—from your hometown DMV to the Federal Reserve—aren’t open on Labor Day. Neither are the courts.

Are banks open on Labor Day?

For the most part, no. The Federal Reserve goes dormant on Labor Day and virtually all banks follow suit. If you’re desperate for cash, you'll need to pay a visit to the nearest ATM.