Columbus Day 2020: What’s Open? What’s Closed?

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Columbus Day is observed each year on the second Monday of October, and in 2020, the holiday lands on October 12. Though not every state recognizes Columbus Day—South Dakota, New Mexico, and Maine celebrate Native Americans Day or Indigenous Peoples' Day on the date, for example—it is one of the 10 U.S. federal holidays.

Some businesses will be closed, while others will remain open and possibly offer Columbus Day sales. This year, operations may be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, so call ahead to confirm the store's hours before making a shopping trip on Monday, October 12.

What's open on Columbus Day?

Here are several spots that will be open for business on Columbus Day 2020:

  • Barnes and Noble
  • Best Buy
  • Bed Bath and Beyond
  • Home Depot
  • Kohl's
  • Pottery Barn
  • Staples
  • Target
  • TJ Maxx
  • Walmart
  • Lowe's
  • Macy's
  • Marshalls
  • Mattress Firm

Is the USPS Open on Columbus Day?

No. Post offices are among the many government-run buildings that will be closed in recognition of the federal holiday.

Are National Parks Open on Columbus Day?

Yes. Even though they're run by the government, properties in the National Park System will operate normally on October 12. Again, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it's best to check ahead to make sure that your local park is open as usual.

Are Public Libraries Open on Columbus Day?

Public libraries tend to close for Columbus Day, but it may still be worth contacting your local branch to see if they're an exception.

Are federal offices open on Columbus Day?

Because it's a federal holiday, all federal offices will be closed in observance of Columbus Day. That includes your local DMV.

Are Banks Open on Columbus Day?

Most banks are closed for Columbus Day, though the holiday isn't observed across the industry. The American National Bank, for example, is open on Monday, October 12, even though the Federal Reserve Bank is closed.