Open or Closed on MLK Day Monday January 16

For 2017, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day happens on Monday, January 16th. 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 MLK Day. However, some may be operating on holiday schedule with limited or reduced hours of operation. Some businesses are closed on Martin Luther King Day in order to give their employees the day off. Here’s a quick rundown of what is open and what is closed on January 16, 2017:



BIG BOX STORES are OPEN on MLK Day: Walmart, Costco, 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, Sam’s Club, Academy Sports + Outdoors, etc. Many locations will be holding special Martin Luther King Day sales and promotions!

CASUAL RESTAURANTS are OPEN on MLK 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 MLK 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 MLK 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 MLK 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.

GOVERNMENT OFFICES are CLOSED on MLK Day. Nearly all federal, state, county, and city agencies are closed on Martin Luther King Day.

LIQUOR STORES are generally OPEN on MLK Day. However, this may depend on which state and/or city you are located in. Most areas allow alcoholic beverages to be sold on Martin Luther King Day while others prohibit these sales.

MOVIE THEATERS are OPEN on MLK Day: AMC Theaters, Cinemark, Carmike, Regal Theaters, etc. Some theatres have additional holiday show times scheduled for Martin Luther King Day.

PHARMACIES & DRUG STORES are OPEN on MLK 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 might have varying hours of operation during the Martin Luther King Day holiday.


SCHOOLS are generally CLOSED on MLK Day. This includes grade schools, middle schools, high schools, colleges, universities, etc.

SHOPPING MALLS AND MALL ANCHOR STORES are OPEN on MLK 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. Many locations will be having Martin Luther King Day sales and special deals!

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 Martin Luther King Day 2017. Plan ahead, be safe, and have a great holiday weekend!

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 2017-2018 holidays which are celebrated in the United States and Canada:

Monday, January 16, 2017 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day a/k/a MLK Day
Friday, January 20, 2017 – Donald Trump Inauguration Day
Thursday, February 2, 2017 – Groundhog Day
Sunday, February 5, 2017 – Super Bowl Sunday
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
Tuesday, April 18, 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
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 – National Teacher Appreciation Day
Thursday, May 4, 2017 – Star Wars Day (May the 4th Be With You!)
Friday, May 5, 2017 – Cinco de Mayo (big day for Mexican restaurant deals!)
Saturday, May 6, 2017 – Free Comic Book Day
Sunday, May 14, 2017 – Mother’s Day

Sunday, June 4, 2017 – Pentecost Sunday
Monday, June 5, 2017 – Pentecost Monday
Saturday, May 20, 2017 – Armed Forces Day
Monday, May 22, 2017 – Victoria Day (Canada except Quebec)
Monday, May 22, 2017 – National Patriots’ Day (Canada: Quebec)
Monday, May 29, 2017 – Memorial Day
Friday, June 2, 2017 – National Doughnut Day
Sunday, June 11, 2017 – King Kamehameha Day (Hawaii)
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 – Flag Day
Sunday, June 18, 2017 – Father’s Day
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 – National Aboriginal Day (Canada: Northwest Territories)
Saturday, June 24, 2017 – St. Jean Baptiste Day (Canada: Quebec)
Monday, June 26, 2017 – Discovery Day (Newfoundland and Labrador)
Saturday, July 1, 2017 – Canada Day (Canada)
Tuesday, July 4, 2017 – Independence Day aka “The Fourth of July”
Sunday, July 9, 2017 – Nunavut Day (Canada: Nunavut)
Friday, July 14, 2017 – Bastille Day
Sunday, July 23, 2017 – National Hot Dog Day
Sunday, July 23, 2017 – Parents’ Day
Monday, July 24, 2017 – Pioneer Day (Utah)
Saturday, July 29, 2017 – National Chicken Wing Day
Sunday, July 30, 2017 – National Cheesecake Day
Monday, August 7, 2017 – Civic Holiday (Canada: Manitoba, Nunavut, Ontario)
Monday, August 7, 2017 – Heritage Day (Canada: Alberta)
Monday, August 7, 2017 – Natal Day (Canada: Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island)
Monday, August 7, 2017 – New Brunswick Day (Canada: New Brunswick)
Monday, August 7, 2017 – Saskatchewan Day (Canada: Saskatchewan)
Saturday, August 12, 2017 – National Vinyl Record Day
Sunday, August 20, 2017 – National Radio Day
Monday, August 21, 2017 – Discovery Day (Canada: Yukon)
Saturday, August 26, 2017 – National Dog Day
Monday, September 4, 2017 – Labor Day
Monday, September 4, 2017 – Labour Day (Canada)
Sunday, September 10, 2017 – Grandparents’ Day
Monday, September 11, 2017 – Patriot Day (9/11)
Saturday, September 17, 2017 – Stepfamily Day
Monday, September 18, 2017 – Citizenship Day aka Constitution Day
Monday, September 18, 2017 – National Cheeseburger Day
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 – Talk Like a Pirate Day
Friday, September 22, 2017 – Native Americans’ Day (California)
Friday, September 29, 2017 – National Coffee Day
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 – National Taco Day
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 – National CB Radio Day (thank you, Jimmy Carter!)
Monday, October 9, 2017 – Columbus Day
Monday, October 9, 2017 – Native Americans’ Day (South Dakota)
Monday, October 9, 2017 – Thanksgiving Day (Canada)
Saturday, October 21, 2017 – Sweetest Day
Monday, October 16, 2017 – Boss’s Day
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 – National Pasta Day
Friday, October 27, 2017 – Nevada Day
Sunday, October 29, 2017 – National Cat Day
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 – Halloween
Friday, November 3, 2017 – National Sandwich Day
Sunday, November 5, 2017 – Daylight Saving Time Ends
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 – Election Day
Saturday, November 11, 2017 – Veterans’ Day
Saturday, November 11, 2017 – Remembrance Day (Canada)
Thursday, November 23, 2017 – Thanksgiving Day (United States)
Friday, November 24, 2017 – Black Friday
Monday, November 27, 2017 – Cyber Monday
Thursday, December 7, 2017 – Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 – Hanukkah begins at sunset
Wednesday, December 20, 2017 – Hanukkah ends at nightfall
Saturday, December 23, 2017 – Festivus. Is Festivus for the rest of us a real holiday? You decide!
Sunday, December 24, 2017 – Christmas Eve
Monday, December 25, 2017 – Christmas Day
Tuesday, December 26, 2017 – Kwanzaa begins
Tuesday, December 26, 2017 – Boxing Day (Canada)
Sunday, December 31, 2017 – New Year’s Eve
Monday, January 1, 2018 – New Year’s Day
Monday, January 1, 2018 – Kwanzaa ends

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.

Stores Restaurants Open Closed Super Bowl Sunday

If you’re out and about on Super Bowl Sunday, February 5, bear in mind that some stores and restaurants will close early for the Big Game. While out last year, I noticed several businesses with signs on their front doors that indicated they would be closing early on Sunday afternoon/evening. Most of these said something to the effect of “____ will be closing early this Sunday so that our employees can watch the Super Bowl with their friends and families.” Generally, these locations will be opening at their regular Sunday time. But they will close early so that everyone can go watch the football game.

Many places will be open with regular hours of operation, of course. Super Bowl Sunday is one of the biggest days of the year for sports bars and bar/restaurant establishments. But at family restaurants, business is typically slow on this day, so some have decided to close early. Stores and shopping centers/malls also have reduced traffic and customer counts on the day of the Big Game, so they may be closing early as well.

Before you head out on Super Bowl Sunday, be sure to call ahead and confirm the store or restaurant will be open during their regular sale hours. It’s always a better option than wasting time and gas, only to get there and find out the place is closed. Be safe out there and enjoy the Big Game!