Open or Closed on the 4th of July: Saturday, July 4

For 2015, Independence Day happens on Saturday, July 4th. If you’re planning on spending the day shopping or dining out, I have great news: most stores, restaurants, shopping centers, and malls are open on the 4th of July. However, some may be operating on holiday schedule with limited or reduced hours of operation. Some businesses are closed on Independence Day in order to give their employees the day off. Here’s a quick rundown of what is open and what is closed on July 4, 2015:

BANKS are CLOSED on July 4th.

BARS & CLUBS are OPEN on July 4th.

BIG BOX STORES are OPEN on July 4th: Walmart, Kmart, Target, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Trader Joe’s, Bass Pro Shops, Cabelas, PetSmart, Kohl’s, Belk, Bed Bath & Beyond, Staples, Office Max, Office Depot, Best Buy, Academy Sports + Outdoors, etc. Don’t miss the 4th of July sales!

CASUAL RESTAURANTS are OPEN on July 4th: Golden Corral, 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, Ryan’s, etc.

CONVENIENCE STORES are OPEN on July 4th: 7-Eleven, Kwik Trip, Circle K, Kum & Go, Casey’s, QuikTrip, SuperAmerica, Speedway, Raceway, etc. Many locations are open 24 hours, even on holidays.

FAST FOOD RESTAURANTS are OPEN on July 4th: 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, Popeyes, A&W, Rally’s/Checkers, Wendy’s, etc.

GROCERY STORES are OPEN on July 4th: 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, Harris Teeter, BI-LO, ALDI, etc. Some locations may be operating with reduced hours.

GOVERNMENT OFFICES are CLOSED on July 4th. Nearly all federal, state, county, and city agencies are closed on the 4th of July.

LIQUOR STORES may be OPEN or CLOSED on July 4th. This depends on which state and/or city you are located in. Some areas allow alcoholic beverages to be sold on the 4th of July while others prohibit these sales.

MOVIE THEATERS are OPEN on July 4th: AMC Theaters, Cinemark, Carmike, Regal Theaters, etc. Many theatres have additional holiday show times scheduled for Independence Day.

PHARMACIES & DRUG STORES are OPEN on July 4th: Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, etc. These retailers 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 Independence Day holiday.


SHOPPING MALLS AND MALL ANCHOR STORES are OPEN on July 4th: JC Penney, Sears, Neiman Marcus, Bergners, Bon-Ton, Boston Store, Carson’s, Herberger’s, Younkers, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Gordmans, Lord & Taylor, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Nordstrom, etc.

SCHOOLS are CLOSED on July 4th: grade schools, middle schools, high schools, colleges, universities, etc.

Of course, these are general rules and there may be exceptions. If you’re not sure, be sure to call your favorite store or restaurant and confirm their holiday hours before leaving home. This avoids unpleasant surprises and unnecessary drives, only to find your favorite shopping or dining place is closed on the 4th of July. Plan ahead, be safe, and have a great holiday weekend!

Sales Tax Holidays & Tax Free Weekend Dates

When we talk about “holidays” here on, it’s usually in reference to holiday hours at your favorite stores and restaurants. But there’s a different sort of “holiday” coming up that you’ll want to be aware of.

In late July and throughout August, many states hold sales tax holidays or tax free weekends. During specific dates, certain items are allowed to be sold without sales tax being collected. Typically, the eligible items include clothes, shoes, and school supplies. Some states also allow computers and computer accessories as tax-free items. In Louisiana, you can purchase pretty much anything up to $2,500 except vehicles and pay no tax! In Connecticut and Maryland, the savings aren’t nearly as generous, but you do have an entire week to ax the tax. For 2015, Florida has expanded their sales tax holiday from 3 to TEN consecutive days!

Here are the dates to be aware of for the 2015 sales tax holidays and tax free weekends.

Friday, July 31: Georgia, Mississippi
Saturday, August 1: Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi

Sunday, August 2: Arkansas
Friday, August 7: Alabama, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia
Saturday, August 8: Alabama, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia

Sunday, August 9: Alabama, Florida, Maryland, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia
Monday, August 10: Florida, Maryland
Tuesday, August 11: Florida, Maryland
Wednesday, August 12: Florida, Maryland
Thursday, August 13: Florida, Maryland
Friday, August 14: Florida, Maryland
Saturday, August 15: Florida, Maryland

Sunday, August 16: Connecticut, Florida
Monday, August 17: Connecticut
Tuesday, August 18: Connecticut
Wednesday, August 19: Connecticut
Thursday, August 20: Connecticut
Friday, August 21: Connecticut
Saturday, August 22: Connecticut

These states will NOT be having a sales tax holiday or tax free weekend in 2015:

Alaska (no state sales tax), Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware (no state sales tax), Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana (no state sales tax), Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire (no state sales tax), New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon (no state sales tax), Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming