Complete List of U.S. & Canada Holidays

If you’re looking for special holiday sales and deals, you need to know about all the holidays! Everyone knows when Christmas Day and Easter Sunday occur, but what about Earth Day or Stepfamily Day? Given today’s “challenging” economy, stores, restaurants, and shopping malls will use any holiday they can find to hold special sales, promotions, and events. This includes the minor, lesser-known holidays.

Here’s a complete list of 2016-2017 holidays which are celebrated in the United States and Canada. If I’ve forgotten one, please let me know via the comment section below:

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 – National Teacher Appreciation Day
Thursday, May 5, 2016 – Cinco de Mayo (big day for Mexican restaurant deals!)
Sunday, May 8, 2016 – Mother’s Day
Sunday, May 15, 2016 – Pentecost Sunday
Monday, May 16, 2016 – Pentecost Monday
Monday, May 18, 2016 – National Patriots’ Day (Canada: Quebec)
Saturday, May 21, 2016 – Armed Forces Day
Monday, May 23, 2016 – Victoria Day (Canada except Quebec)
Monday, May 30, 2016 – Memorial Day
Saturday, June 11, 2016 – King Kamehameha Day (Hawaii)
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 – Flag Day
Sunday, June 19, 2016 – Father’s Day
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 – National Aboriginal Day (Canada: Northwest Territories)
Friday, June 24, 2016 – St. Jean Baptiste Day (Canada: Quebec)
Monday, June 27, 2016 – Discovery Day (Newfoundland and Labrador)
Friday, July 1, 2016 – Canada Day (Canada)
Monday, July 4, 2016 – Independence Day aka “The Fourth of July”
Saturday, July 9, 2016 – Nunavut Day (Canada: Nunavut)
Thursday, July 14, 2016 – Bastille Day
Sunday, July 24, 2016 – Parents’ Day
Monday, July 25, 2016 – Pioneer Day (Utah)
Saturday, July 30, 2016 – National Cheesecake Day
Monday, August 1, 2016 – Civic Holiday (Canada: Manitoba, Nunavut, Ontario)
Monday, August 1, 2016 – Heritage Day (Canada: Alberta)
Monday, August 1, 2016 – Natal Day (Canada: Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island)
Monday, August 1, 2016 – New Brunswick Day (Canada: New Brunswick)
Monday, August 1, 2016 – Saskatchewan Day (Canada: Saskatchewan)
Monday, August 15, 2016 – Discovery Day (Canada: Yukon)
Monday, September 5, 2016 – Labor Day
Monday, September 5, 2016 – Labour Day (Canada)
Sunday, September 11, 2016 – Grandparents’ Day
Sunday, September 11, 2016 – Patriot Day (9/11)
Friday, September 16, 2016 – Stepfamily Day
Friday, September 16, 2016 – Citizenship Day aka Constitution Day
Friday, September 23, 2016 – Native Americans’ Day (California)
Monday, October 10, 2016 – Columbus Day
Monday, October 10, 2016 – Native Americans’ Day (South Dakota)
Monday, October 10, 2016 – Indigenous People’s Day (parts of California, Minnesota, Washington)
Monday, October 10, 2016 – Thanksgiving Day (Canada)
Saturday, October 15, 2016 – Sweetest Day
Monday, October 17, 2016 – Boss’s Day
Friday, October 28, 2016 – Nevada Day
Monday, October 31, 2016 – Halloween
Sunday, November 6, 2016 – Daylight Saving Time Ends
Friday, November 11, 2016 – Veterans’ Day
Friday, November 11, 2016 – Remembrance Day (Canada)
Thursday, November 24, 2016 – Thanksgiving Day (United States)
Friday, November 25, 2016 – Black Friday
Monday, November 28, 2016 – Cyber Monday
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 – Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
Saturday, December 24, 2016 – Hanukkah begins at sunset
Saturday, December 24, 2016 – Christmas Eve
Sunday, December 25, 2016 – Christmas Day
Monday, December 26, 2016 – Kwanzaa begins
Monday, December 26, 2016 – Boxing Day (Canada)
Saturday, December 31, 2016 – New Year’s Eve
Saturday, December 31, 2016 – Hanukkah ends at nightfall
Saturday, December 31, 2016 – Kwanzaa ends

Sunday, January 1, 2017 – New Year’s Day
Monday, January 16, 2017 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day a/k/a MLK Day
Thursday, February 2, 2017 – Groundhog Day
Sunday, February 12, 2017 – Abe Lincoln’s Birthday
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 – Valentine’s Day
Monday, February 20, 2017 – Presidents Day & George Washington’s Birthday
Monday, February 20, 2017 – Family Day (Canada: Alberta, Ontario, Saskatchewan)
Monday, February 20, 2017 – Islander Day (Canada: Prince Edward Island)
Monday, February 20, 2017 – Louis Riel Day (Canada: Manitoba)
Monday, February 20, 2017 – Nova Scotia Heritage Day (Canada: Nova Scotia)
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 – Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday (New Orleans & Gulf Coast)
Sunday, March 12, 2017 – Daylight Saving Time Begins
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 – Pi Day
Friday, March 17, 2017 – St. Patrick’s Day
Thursday, March 23, 2017 – National Puppy Day
Monday, March 27, 2017 – Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day (Hawaii)
Thursday, March 30, 2017 – National Doctors’ Day
Saturday, April 1, 2017 – April Fools’ Day
Sunday, April 9, 2017 – Palm Sunday
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 – National 8-Track Tape Day
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 – National Pet Day
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 – National Submarine Day
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 – National Barber Shop Quartet Day
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 – National Cheese Fondue Day
Friday, April 14, 2017 – Good Friday
Saturday, April 15, 2017 – Record Store Day
Sunday, April 16, 2017 – Easter Sunday
Monday, April 17, 2017 – Easter Monday
Monday, April 17, 2017 – Tax Day (many deals and freebies at stores and restaurants)
Saturday, April 22, 2017 – Earth Day
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 – Administrative Professionals’ Day aka Secretaries’ Day

Check around for special sales and promotional events in your area which are held on these holidays. Also, be aware of early/late opening and closing times for stores, restaurants, and shopping malls on specific holidays. Any holiday is an excuse for a sale, often with extended holiday hours of operation. As always, call ahead to confirm open/closed status and hours before heading out.

Cinco de Mayo Thursday May 5 Sales & Deals

For 2016, Cinco de Mayo falls on Thursday, May 5. Mexican restaurants typically have special Cinco de Mayo deals, freebies, and food/drink promotions on this day. Some stores and shopping malls have Cinco de Mayo sales and offers as well. Discounted, free, or 2-for-1 tacos, enchiladas, burritos, nachos, and special lunch or dinner menus are all common on May 5. Sometimes, these promotions extend the entire Cinco de Mayo Weekend or for several days preceding the holiday.

Cinco de Mayo dining and shopping hours are usually the same as they would be on any other Thursday. The exception would be restaurants which open early for special Cinco de Mayo Brunch or breakfast. Be sure to call your favorite restaurant or store for specific hours as well as information on particular Cinco de Mayo sales and deals they may be offering on May 5.

Don’t miss the party! Cinco de Mayo only comes once per year. For 2016, it happens on Thursday, May 5.

Mother’s Day Sales & Shopping Hours Sunday May 8

For 2016, Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 8. Many stores and restaurants have special Mother’s Day sales, deals, and offers on this day. Several shopping malls have Mother’s Day promotions as well. Free flowers for mom, special lunch or dinner menus, and discounts on purchases can all be found on May 8th. Sometimes, these promotions extend the entire Mother’s Day Weekend or for several days preceeding the holiday.

Mother’s Day shopping hours are usually the same as they would be on any other Sunday. The exception would be restaurants which open early for special Mother’s Day Brunch or breakfast. Be sure to call your favorite stores and restaurants for their specific Mother’s Day hours as well as information on particular Mother’s Day sales and deals they may be offering.

Be sure to do something nice for your mom and show her how much you appreciate all she has done for you. Mother’s Day only comes once per year. For 2016, it happens on Sunday, May 8.

Open or Closed on Memorial Day Monday May 30

For 2016, Memorial Day happens on Monday, May 30th. 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 Memorial Day. However, some may be operating on holiday schedule with limited or reduced hours of operation. Some businesses are closed on Memorial Day in order to give their employees the day off. Here’s a quick rundown of what is open and what is closed on May 30, 2016:

BANKS are CLOSED on Memorial Day.

BARS & CLUBS are OPEN on Memorial Day.

BIG BOX STORES are OPEN on Memorial Day: Walmart, Kmart, Target, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Trader Joe’s, Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, PetSmart, Kohl’s, Belk, Bed Bath & Beyond, Staples, Office Max, Office Depot, Best Buy, Academy Sports + Outdoors, etc.

CASUAL RESTAURANTS are OPEN on Memorial Day: 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 Memorial Day: 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 Memorial Day: 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 Memorial Day: 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, etc. Some locations may be operating with reduced hours. ALDI is an exception. All ALDI stores will be CLOSED on Memorial Day.

GOVERNMENT OFFICES are CLOSED on Memorial Day. Nearly all federal, state, county, and city agencies are closed on Memorial Day.

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

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

PHARMACIES & DRUG STORES are OPEN on Memorial Day: 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 Memorial Day holiday.

POST OFFICE (USPS) is CLOSED on Memorial Day.

SHOPPING MALLS AND MALL ANCHOR STORES are OPEN on Memorial Day: 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 Memorial Day: 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 Memorial Day 2016. Plan ahead, be safe, and have a great holiday weekend!

Tax Day Sales, Deals & Freebies Monday April 18

Tax Day is on Monday, April 18, 2016. Yes, I said April 18th, not the 15th. Because of a Washington DC holiday and the weekend, you get 3 extra days to file your 2015 tax returns! While few people think of Tax Day as a holiday, it has become somewhat of a promotional event for stores and restaurants during the past few years. Many stores are having special Tax Day Sales or offering freebies on April 18. Several restaurants are featuring specials and free menu items. Your favorite shopping mall may be having a Tax Day promotion with special deals at participating stores.

As far as shopping hours, nearly all stores, restaurants, and shopping centers will be open with regular hours of operation on April 18. They don’t close early on Tax Day. In fact, some businesses have extended hours to coincide with Tax Day promotions. Even though few Post Offices still stay open until the 12:00 midnight deadline for last-minute filers, you’ll see some restaurants and stores promoting “last-minute Tax Day sales and deals.”

Don’t forget to get your income tax returns done before the April 18 deadline. The IRS frowns on late returns! Nobody wants to pay extra interest and penalties. Then, relax and take advantage of the numerous special discounts and promotions taking place on Tax Day: April 18, 2016.