The birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was recognized as a federal holiday in 1983. Today, Americans celebrate the life and legacy of the civil rights leader on the third Monday in January.

This MLK Day—January 18, 2021—many businesses and institutions around the country will be closed in observance of the holiday. Others will be open during regular business hours. Whether Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a work day or a day off for you, see what's open and what's closed before making plans for January 18.

Are Banks Closed on Martin Luther King Day?

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is one of 10 federal holidays observed in the U.S. That means banks will be closed all day.

What Business Are Open on Martin Luther King Day?

Private businesses tend to stay open on MLK Day. This includes chain grocery stores, drug stores, restaurants, coffee shops, gas stations, and retailers. The exceptions may be smaller, independent businesses.

Are Schools Closed on Martin Luther King Day?

Most K-12 schools, colleges, and universities won't hold classes on Monday, January 18.

Are Post Offices Closed on Martin Luther King Day?

Because it's a federal holiday, government-run buildings will be closed for MLK Day. That includes the post office.

Are National Parks Closed on Martin Luther King Day?

Though they are run by the U.S. government, National Parks will be open to the public on January 18, 2021. Martin Luther King Day is actually one of six days in 2021 when admission fees are waived at many National Parks.

Are Libraries Closed on Martin Luther King Day?

Another government-run institution that won't be open on January 18 is your local public library branch.