Open or Closed on Easter Sunday April 16

In recent years, more stores and restaurants have began opening on Easter Sunday. Locations which were formerly closed have now decided to open on Easter. Some stores and restaurants remain closed, however. Most shopping malls and shopping centers are also closed on Easter Sunday.

At most locations, these stores will be OPEN on Easter Sunday: Advance Auto Parts, Bed Bath & Beyond, Dillons, Fred Meyer, The Home Depot, Hy-Vee, Kmart, Kroger, Lowe’s, Meijer, Menards, Old Navy, Safeway, Toys R Us, Trader Joe’s, Walmart, Walgreens, and Winn-Dixie.

At most locations, these stores will be CLOSED on Easter Sunday: Academy Sports + Outdoors, ALDI, Belk, Best Buy, Costco Wholesale, Cub Foods, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Office Depot, Office Max, Publix, Sam’s Club, Sports Authority, Staples, and Target.

At most locations, these restaurants will be OPEN on Easter Sunday: Applebee’s, Bob Evans, Buffalo Wild Wings, Burger King, Denny’s, Golden Corral, Hooters, Krystal, Miller’s Ale House, Olive Garden, Outback Steakhouse, Red Lobster, Ryan’s, Starbucks, and White Castle.

At most locations, these restaurants will be CLOSED on Easter Sunday: Arby’s, Chick-fil-A, Church’s Chicken, Hardee’s, KFC, McDonald’s, Old Chicago, Papa John’s Pizza, Papa Murphy’s Pizza, Pizza Hut, Popeyes, Quiznos, Taco Bell, Texas Roadhouse, Wendy’s, and Whataburger.

For our Canadian friends: many locations in Canada are open on Easter Sunday. However, stores in some provinces are required to close on Good Friday and/or Easter Sunday. Generally, stores in the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Saskatchewan, and Yukon are permitted to be open both days. Stores in the provinces of Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland/Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Prince Edward Island are required to close on Good Friday. Stores in the provinces of Newfoundland/Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Quebec are required to close on Easter Sunday. All stores in all provinces are allowed to open on Easter Monday.

Many restaurants are franchise operations, so Easter Sunday hours and open/closed status may vary from what is listed on this site. This is especially true for fast food chains. As always, our best advice is to CALL the location you’re planning to visit to confirm their Easter holiday schedule before heading out. For stores and restaurants not listed above, just search this site! Happy Easter, everyone!

Open or Closed Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday February 28

If you live along the Gulf Coast or are visiting, you’re no doubt aware that Mardi Gras Carnival season is here! Fat Tuesday 2017 happens on February 28th. Most stores and restaurants will be open with regular hours of operation on this day. However, some locations will be closing early for the parades. Other retailers and eateries will be closed for the entire day on Fat Tuesday so their employees can enjoy the Mardi Gras festivities. Trust me, Fat Tuesday is a big deal in this region! Not just in New Orleans, but also in Gulfport, Biloxi, Ocean Springs, Pascagoula, Mobile, Pensacola, even as far east as Destin and Panama City!

As you may have noticed, the Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday date this year (February 28) is later than in previous years. This is because Easter Sunday also comes late (April 16.) Fat Tuesday always occurs 40 days prior to Easter. One advantage of this is that Mardi Gras temperatures should be warmer, due to the later date. On the other hand, this means St. Patrick’s Day parades will be happening less than 3 weeks after Fat Tuesday. Come to think of it, that’s not necessarily a bad thing! Be sure to call ahead and confirm hours for your favorite shopping mall, store, or restaurant before heading out on Fat Tuesday. Have a great and safe Mardi Gras!

Open or Closed St. Patrick’s Day Friday March 17

Just a reminder: St. Patrick’s Day is Friday, March 17, 2017. I know you’re excited that St. Pattie’s Day falls on a Friday this year! Unfortunately, this probably doesn’t mean that you will get the day off from work or school. Although St. Patrick’s Day is a great excuse for a party, it is not a federal or state holiday. This means it is usually not considered a holiday for the purpose of having special hours of operation. Most restaurants, stores, shopping centers and malls will be open regular hours on St. Patrick’s Day.

Even though most retailers will not have special St. Patrick’s Day shopping hours, don’t think there won’t be plenty of sales and deals! These days, March 17 is a lot more than eating corned beef and cabbage while drinking green beer! Many stores, restaurants, and malls now have St. Patrick’s Day sales and/or special discount deals and events on or around the holiday. Check with your favorite places of business to see who is having the biggest and best shopping events in your area. Restaurant promotions usually involve traditional Irish menu items and drinks at reduced prices. If you’re going to be out celebrating, be smart and let someone else do the driving. Happy St. Patrick’s Day 2016, everyone!