For 2014, Labor Day falls on Monday, September 1st. Before you head out to the stores and restaurants, it’s a good idea to check and see whether they are open or closed! Most eateries, shopping centers, and malls are open on Labor Day. However, some may be operating on holiday schedule with limited or reduced hours of operation. Other businesses may be closed entirely on Labor Day in order to give their employees the day off. Here’s a quick rundown of what is open and what is closed:
BANKS – CLOSED
BARS & CLUBS – OPEN
BIG BOX STORES – OPEN (Walmart, Kmart, Target, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Trader Joe’s, Bass Pro Shops, Cabelas, PetSmart, Kohl’s, Belk, Staples, Office Max, Office Depot, Best Buy, Sports Authority, etc.)
CASUAL RESTAURANTS – OPEN (Olive Garden, Applebee’s, Chevy’s, Red Lobster, HuHot, Outback Steakhouse, Longhorn Steakhouse, Logan’s Roadhouse, Texas Roadhouse, Pizza Hut, Montana Mike’s, Lone Star Steakhouse, Buffalo Wild Wings, Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, Perkins, Denny’s, etc.)
CONVENIENCE STORES – OPEN (7-Eleven, Kwik Trip, Circle K, Kum & Go, Casey’s, QuikTrip, etc.) – OPEN. Many locations are open 24 hours, even on holidays.
FAST FOOD RESTAURANTS – OPEN (Arby’s, Hardee’s, McDonald’s, Burger King, Taco Bell, Taco John’s, KFC, Long John Silver’s, Captain D’s, White Castle, Krystal, Carl’s Jr., Jack in the Box, In-N-Out Burger, A&W, Chipotle, etc.)
GROCERY STORES – OPEN (Kroger, Publix, Winn-Dixie, Cub Foods, Walmart Neighborhood Market, Food 4 Less, Albertsons, Safeway, Price Chopper, Von’s, Fred Meyer, Food Lion, Gerbes, Dillons, H-E-B., Ingles, Q.F.C., Hy-Vee, etc.) – most locations will be OPEN. However, some may be operating with reduced hours. An exception is ALDI. All ALDI stores will be CLOSED on Labor Day.
GOVERNMENT OFFICES – CLOSED. Nearly all federal, state, county, and city agencies are closed on Labor Day.
LIQUOR STORES – This depends on which state and/or city you are located in. Some areas allow alcoholic beverages to be sold on Labor Day while others do not.
MOVIE THEATERS – OPEN (AMC Theaters, Cinemark, Carmike, Regal Theaters, etc.) Some theatres have additional holiday show times scheduled on Labor Day.
PHARMACIES & DRUG STORES – OPEN (Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, etc.) These stores are almost always open. However, the actual pharmacy may be closed or operating reduced hours for the holiday. Pharmacy departments in grocery and big box stores also have varying hours of operation during the Labor Day holiday.
POST OFFICE (USPS) – CLOSED
SHOPPING MALLS AND MALL ANCHOR STORES – OPEN (JC Penney, Sears, Neiman Marcus, Carson’s, Herberger’s, Younkers, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Gordmans, Lord & Taylor, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Bergners, Nordstrom, etc.)
SCHOOLS – CLOSED
If you’re not sure, call the store or restaurant and confirm their holiday hours before leaving the house. This avoids unpleasant surprises and unnecessary drives, only to find your favorite eating or shopping place is closed on Labor Day. Be smart out there. Plan ahead and have a great holiday weekend!