For 2018, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day happens on Monday, January 15th. 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 15, 2018:
BANKS are CLOSED on MLK Day.
BARS & CLUBS are OPEN on MLK Day.
BIG BOX STORES are OPEN on MLK Day.
CASUAL RESTAURANTS are OPEN on MLK Day.
CONVENIENCE STORES are OPEN on MLK Day. Many locations are open 24 hours, even on holidays.
FAST FOOD RESTAURANTS are OPEN on MLK Day.
GROCERY STORES are OPEN on MLK Day.
GOVERNMENT OFFICES are CLOSED on MLK Day. Nearly all federal, state, county, and city agencies are closed on January 15.
LIQUOR STORES may be OPEN or CLOSED on MLK Day. This depends on which state and/or city you are located in. Some areas allow alcoholic beverages to be sold on January 15th while others prohibit sales.
MOVIE THEATERS are OPEN on MLK Day.
PHARMACIES & DRUG STORES are OPEN on MLK Day. Pharmacy departments in grocery and big box stores might be operating on holiday schedules.
POST OFFICE (USPS) is CLOSED on MLK Day. There is no mail delivery on January 15.
SCHOOLS are generally CLOSED on MLK Day: grade schools, middle schools, high schools, colleges, universities, etc.
SHOPPING MALLS AND MALL ANCHOR STORES are OPEN on MLK Day.
STOCK MARKET is CLOSED on MLK Day.
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 Martin Luther King Day 2018!