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. Several restaurants are serving free meals on Memorial Day 2016 to veterans and active military service members. Other locations are offering lunch and dinner discounts to military personnel on May 30.
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!