Memorial Day 2021: What's Open? What's Closed?
On Monday, May 31, 2021, the United States will observe Memorial Day in honor of the military members who died serving their country. An early version of holiday was established shortly after the Civil War, when Americans were mourning the loss of some 620,000 Union and Confederate soldiers.
The day is one of 10 federal holidays recognized by the U.S., which means many businesses and institutions typically open on Mondays will be closed. Before making plans for May 31, see how the operating hours of the places you frequent may be impacted.
ARE BANKS OPEN ON MEMORIAL DAY 2021?
Because Memorial is a federal holiday, the Federal Reserve Bank will be closed. Nearly all bank branches across the country will be closed as a result.
IS THE POST OFFICE OPEN ON MEMORIAL DAY?
It's a federal institution, so the United States Postal Service won't be operating on Monday, May 31, in observance of Memorial Day.
ARE SCHOOLs OPEN ON MEMORIAL DAY?
Memorial Day is a day off for most learning institutions in the U.S. That includes grades K-12 as well as colleges and universities that are still holding classes.
ARE LIBRARIES OPEN ON MEMORIAL DAY?
Public libraries are typically closed on Memorial Day.
IS THE DMV OPEN ON MEMORIAL DAY?
Like other federal offices, your local Department of Motor Vehicles will be closed on Memorial Day.
ARE NATIONAL PARKS OPEN ON MEMORIAL DAY?
NPS properties are open to visitors on Memorial Day, including the sites that honor military service members specifically.
ARE RESTAURANTS OPEN ON MEMORIAL DAY?
Restaurants are generally open on Memorial Day, and many offer discounts to military veterans and active service members. You should still call ahead of time to check if their hours differ from a typical Monday, or if there are any changes to their hours or operating procedures due to any COVID-19 restrictions.
ARE MOVIE THEATERS OPEN MEMORIAL DAY?
Last year, movie theaters across the country were still closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As lockdowns have eased, theaters across the country have started opening up. Many will be showing movies on Memorial Day this year after skipping the holiday weekend in 2020. Memorial Day weekend also marks the beginning of the season for many drive-in theaters.