Open or Closed on Labor Day Monday September 4

For 2017, Labor Day happens on Monday, September 4th. Most stores, restaurants, shopping centers, and malls are open on Labor Day. However, they may be operating on holiday schedule with limited or reduced hours of operation. Some businesses are closed 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 on September 4, 2017:

BANKS are CLOSED on Labor Day.

BARS & CLUBS are OPEN on Labor Day.

BIG BOX STORES are OPEN on Labor Day.

CASUAL RESTAURANTS are OPEN on Labor Day.

CONVENIENCE STORES are OPEN on Labor Day.

FAST FOOD RESTAURANTS are OPEN on Labor Day.

GROCERY STORES are OPEN on Labor Day.

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

LIQUOR STORES may be OPEN or CLOSED on Labor Day. 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 prohibit sales.

MOVIE THEATERS are OPEN on Labor Day. Many theatres have additional holiday show times scheduled for Labor Day.

PHARMACIES & DRUG STORES are OPEN on Labor Day. However, the actual pharmacy may be closed or operating reduced hours.

POST OFFICE (USPS) is CLOSED on Labor Day.

SHOPPING MALLS AND MALL ANCHOR STORES are OPEN on Labor Day.

SCHOOLS are CLOSED on Labor Day: grade schools, middle schools, high schools, colleges, universities, etc.

For information on specific stores, restaurants, and malls, just search our list! It’s always smart to call and confirm holiday hours before leaving home. Plan ahead, be safe, and have a great Labor Day 2017!

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:

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
Monday, January 15, 2018 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Friday, February 2, 2018 – Groundhog Day
Sunday, February 4, 2018 – Super Bowl Sunday
Monday, February 12, 2018 – Abe Lincoln’s Birthday
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 – Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday (New Orleans & Gulf Coast)
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 – Ash Wednesday
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 – Valentine’s Day
Monday, February 19, 2018 – Presidents Day & George Washington’s Birthday
Monday, February 19, 2018 – Family Day (Canada: Alberta, Ontario, Saskatchewan)
Monday, February 19, 2018 – Islander Day (Canada: Prince Edward Island)
Monday, February 19, 2018 – Louis Riel Day (Canada: Manitoba)
Monday, February 19, 2018 – Nova Scotia Heritage Day (Canada: Nova Scotia)

Thursday, February 22, 2018 – National Margarita Day
Sunday, March 11, 2018 – Daylight Saving Time Begins
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 – Pi Day
Saturday, March 17, 2018 – St. Patrick’s Day
Friday, March 23, 2018 – National Puppy Day
Sunday, March 25, 2018 – Palm Sunday
Monday, March 26, 2018 – Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day (Hawaii)
Friday, March 30, 2018 – National Doctors’ Day
Friday, March 30, 2018 – Good Friday
Sunday, April 1, 2018 – April Fools’ Day
Sunday, April 1, 2018 – Easter Sunday
Monday, April 2, 2018 – Easter Monday
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 – National Siblings Day
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 – National 8-Track Tape Day
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 – National Pet Day
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 – National Submarine Day
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 – National Barber Shop Quartet Day
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 – National Cheese Fondue Day
Monday, April 16, 2018 – Emancipation Day (Washington, DC)
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 – Tax Day (NOT April 15 this year)
Saturday, April 21, 2018 – Record Store Day
Sunday, April 22, 2018 – Earth Day
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 – Administrative Professionals’ Day aka Secretaries’ Day
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 – May Day
Friday, May 4, 2018 – Star Wars Day (May the 4th Be With You!)
Saturday, May 5, 2018 – Cinco de Mayo (big day for Mexican restaurant deals!)
Saturday, May 5, 2018 – Free Comic Book Day
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 – National Teacher Appreciation Day
Sunday, May 13, 2018 – Mother’s Day
Saturday, May 19, 2018 – Armed Forces Day
Sunday, May 20, 2018 – Pentecost Sunday
Monday, May 21, 2018 – Pentecost Monday
Monday, May 21, 2018 – Victoria Day (Canada except Quebec)
Monday, May 21, 2018 – National Patriots’ Day (Canada: Quebec)
Monday, May 28, 2018 – Memorial Day
Friday, June 1, 2018 – National Doughnut Day
Monday, June 4, 2018 – National Cheese Day
Monday, June 11, 2018 – King Kamehameha Day (Hawaii)
Thursday, June 14, 2018 – Flag Day
Sunday, June 17, 2018 – Father’s Day
Thursday, June 21, 2018 – First Day of Summer
Thursday, June 21, 2018 – National Aboriginal Day (Canada: Northwest Territories)
Sunday, June 24, 2018 – St. Jean Baptiste Day (Canada: Quebec)
Monday, June 25, 2018 – Discovery Day (Newfoundland and Labrador)
Sunday, July 1, 2018 – Canada Day (Memorial Day in Newfoundland and Labrador)
Wednesday, July 4, 2018 – Independence Day aka “The Fourth of July”
Monday, July 9, 2018 – Nunavut Day (Canada: Nunavut)
Saturday, July 14, 2018 – Bastille Day
Saturday, July 14, 2018 – National Mac & Cheese Day
Sunday, July 15, 2018 – National Ice Cream Day
Wednesday, July 19, 2018 – National Hot Dog Day
Sunday, July 22, 2018 – Parents’ Day
Tuesday, July 24, 2017 – Pioneer Day (Utah)
Sunday, July 29, 2018 – National Chicken Wing Day
Monday, July 30, 2018 – National Cheesecake Day
Friday, August 3, 2018 – National Watermelon Day
Monday, August 6, 2018 – National Root Beer Float Day
Monday, August 6, 2018 – Civic Holiday (Canada: Manitoba, Nunavut, Ontario)
Monday, August 6, 2018 – Heritage Day (Canada: Alberta)
Monday, August 6, 2018 – Natal Day (Canada: Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island)
Monday, August 6, 2018 – New Brunswick Day (Canada: New Brunswick)
Monday, August 6, 2018 – Saskatchewan Day (Canada: Saskatchewan)
Sunday, August 12, 2018 – National Vinyl Record 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.

Canada Stores & Malls Open or Closed on Labour Day?

“Are the stores and shopping malls in Canada open on Labour Day?” That’s a tricky question. Unlike Labor Day in the States where practically everything is open, provincial law dictates whether or not businesses may open on Monday, September 4. Stores and malls are allowed to open in some provinces while required to remain closed on Labour Day in others. Additionally, some cities and municipalities have special rules. For instance, retailers are generally not allowed to open in Manitoba unless they are located in Winnipeg. But only on some holidays. Are you confused? Me, too! Keep reading as I try to sort this all out for you.

I am by no means an expert on this. But here are the rules as I understand them and to the best of my knowledge:

ALBERTA: There are no laws in Alberta which prohibit retailers from being open on statutory holidays. If the store is located within a mall, the common rules of the shopping center must be followed. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across Alberta will be OPEN on Labour Day.

BRITISH COLUMBIA: There are no laws in British Columbia which prohibit retailers from being open on statutory holidays. If the store is located within a mall, the common rules of the shopping center must be followed. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across British Columbia will be OPEN on Labour Day.

MANITOBA: Provincial law prohibits most retailers from being open on New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. The exception for Winnipeg (as described above) does NOT apply on Labour Day. So, most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across Manitoba will be CLOSED on Labour Day.

NEW BRUNSWICK: Provincial law prohibits most retailers from being open on New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, New Brunswick Day, Labour Day, Remembrance Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across New Brunswick will be CLOSED on Labour Day.

NEWFOUNDLAND/LABRADOR: Provincial law prohibits most retailers from being open on New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Victoria Day, Memorial Day/Canada Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day, Remembrance Day, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day. Additionally, retailers in St. John’s and Harbour Grace are required to close on Regatta Day. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across Newfoundland/Labrador will be CLOSED on Labour Day.

NORTHWEST TERRITORIES: There are no laws in the Northwest Territories which prohibit retailers from being open on statutory holidays. If the store is located within a mall, the common rules of the shopping center must be followed. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across the Northwest Territories will be OPEN on Labour Day.

NOVA SCOTIA: Provincial law prohibits most retailers from being open on New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Canada Day, Labour Day, Remembrance Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across Nova Scotia will be CLOSED on Labour Day.

NUNAVUT: There are no laws in Nunavut which prohibit retailers from being open on statutory holidays. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across Nunavut will be OPEN on Labour Day.

ONTARIO: Provincial law prohibits most retailers from being open on New Year’s Day, Family Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Exceptions: flower shops, gas stations, pharmacies under 7,500 square feet, and book or magazine stores with 3 or less employees and of 2,400 square feet or less. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across Ontario will be CLOSED on Labour Day. Yes, this DOES include LCBO and Beer Stores, so plan ahead for the holiday!

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND: Provincial law prohibits most retailers from being open on New Year’s Day, Islander Day, Good Friday, Canada Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day, Remembrance Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across P.E.I. will be CLOSED on Labour Day. Also, don’t forget that most Prince Edward Island retailers are required by law to be closed on Sunday.

QUEBEC: Provincial law prohibits most retailers from being open on New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, Canada Day, Labour Day, and Christmas Day. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across Quebec will be CLOSED on Labour Day.

SASKATCHEWAN: There are no laws in Saskatchewan which prohibit retailers from being open on statutory holidays, providing they are normally open on Sundays. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across Saskatchewan will be OPEN on Labour Day.

YUKON: There are no laws in the Yukon which prohibit retailers from being open on statutory holidays. If the store is located within a mall, the common rules of the shopping center must be followed. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across Yukon will be OPEN on Labour Day.

As always, be sure to give a friendly call to your favorite store or mall to confirm holiday holiday hours of operation before venturing out. If you know of additions or exceptions to these rules, please share with us. Happy Labour Day 2017, Canada!