Open or Closed on Columbus Day Monday October 10

For 2016, Columbus Day happens on Monday, October 10th. 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 Columbus Day. However, some may be operating on holiday schedule with limited or reduced hours of operation. Some businesses are closed on Columbus Day in order to give their employees the day off. Here’s a quick rundown of what is open and what is closed on October 10, 2016:

BANKS are CLOSED on Columbus Day.

BARS & CLUBS are OPEN on Columbus Day.

BIG BOX STORES are OPEN on Columbus 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. Many locations will be holding special Columbus Day sales and promotions!

CASUAL RESTAURANTS are OPEN on Columbus 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 Columbus 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 Columbus 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 Columbus 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 Columbus Day. Nearly all federal, state, county, and city agencies are closed on Columbus Day.

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

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

PHARMACIES & DRUG STORES are OPEN on Columbus 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 Columbus Day holiday.

POST OFFICE (USPS) is CLOSED on Columbus Day.

SCHOOLS may be OPEN or CLOSED on Columbus Day depending on local preference. This includes grade schools, middle schools, high schools, colleges, universities, etc.

SHOPPING MALLS AND MALL ANCHOR STORES are OPEN on Columbus 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 Columbus Day sales and special promotions!

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 Columbus Day 2016. 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 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:

Thursday, September 29, 2016 – National Coffee Day
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
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)

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.

Halloween Hours for Stores, Restaurants & Malls

Just a reminder: Halloween is Monday, October 31, 2016. Although Halloween is a great excuse for a party, it is not a federal or state holiday. So, it is usually not considered a holiday for the purpose of having special hours of operation. This means most restaurants, stores, shopping centers and malls will be open regular hours on Halloween.

Even though most places will not have special Halloween shopping hours, don’t think there won’t be plenty of sales and deals! These days, October 31 is a lot more than eating candy and wearing scary costumes! Stores have Halloween sales and/or special promotional deals and events on or around the holiday. Many malls host trick-or-treating and other fun events. Kids in costume eat free at several restaurants. Check with your favorite places of business to see who is having the biggest and best specials in your area. Happy Halloween 2016, everyone!

Canada Stores & Malls Open or Closed on Thanksgiving Day?

“Are the stores and shopping malls in Canada open on Thanksgiving Day?” That depends on where you are. Stores and malls in some provinces are allowed to open. In other provinces, retailers are required to remain closed on Monday, October 10.

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 Thanksgiving 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 Thanksgiving Day.

MANITOBA: Provincial law prohibits most retailers from being open on Thanksgiving Day. There are exceptions for certain retailers in Winnipeg and Brandon. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants outside of Winnipeg and Brandon will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day.

NEW BRUNSWICK: Provincial law prohibits most retailers from being open Thanksgiving Day. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across New Brunswick will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day.

NEWFOUNDLAND/LABRADOR: Provincial law prohibits most retailers from being open on Thanksgiving Day. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across Newfoundland/Labrador will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving 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 Thanksgiving Day.

NOVA SCOTIA: Provincial law prohibits most retailers from being open on Thanksgiving Day. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across Nova Scotia will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving 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 Thanksgiving Day.

ONTARIO: Provincial law prohibits most retailers from being open on Thanksgiving 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 Thanksgiving 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 Thanksgiving Day. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across P.E.I. will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day. Also, don’t forget that most Prince Edward Island retailers are required by law to be closed on Sunday.

QUEBEC: Provincial law allows most retailers to be open on Thanksgiving Day. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across Quebec will be OPEN on Thanksgiving 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 Thanksgiving 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 Thanksgiving 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 on Monday, October 10. If you know of additions or exceptions to these rules, please share with us. Happy Thanksgiving Day, Canada!

Open or Closed on Veterans Day Friday November 11

For 2016, Veterans Day, also known as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day, happens on Friday, November 11th. 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 Veterans Day. However, some may be operating on holiday schedule with limited or reduced hours of operation. Some businesses are closed on Veterans Day in order to give their employees the day off. Here’s a quick rundown of what is open and what is closed on November 11, 2016:

BANKS are CLOSED on Veterans Day.

BARS & CLUBS are OPEN on Veterans Day.

BIG BOX STORES are OPEN on Veterans 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. Many locations will be holding special Veterans Day sales and promotions!

CASUAL RESTAURANTS are OPEN on Veterans 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. Many locations offer free meals to veterans and active military personnel on Veterans Day.

CONVENIENCE STORES are OPEN on Veterans 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 Veterans 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 Veterans 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 Veterans Day. Nearly all federal, state, county, and city agencies are closed on Veterans Day.

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

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

PHARMACIES & DRUG STORES are OPEN on Veterans 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 Veterans Day holiday.

POST OFFICE (USPS) is CLOSED on Veterans Day.

SCHOOLS may be OPEN or CLOSED on Veterans Day depending on local preference. This includes grade schools, middle schools, high schools, colleges, universities, etc.

SHOPPING MALLS AND MALL ANCHOR STORES are OPEN on Veterans 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 Veterans Day sales and special promotions!

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 Veterans Day 2016. Plan ahead, be safe, and have a great holiday!