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:

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 – Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday (New Orleans & Gulf Coast)
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 – Ash Wednesday
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
Tuesday, April 18, 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
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 4, 2017 – Pentecost Sunday
Monday, June 5, 2017 – Pentecost Monday
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)
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
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)

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.

Open or Closed on Presidents Day Monday February 20

For 2017, Presidents Day happens on Monday, February 20th. This is the holiday which celebrates the birthdays of Abe Lincoln and George Washington. 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 Presidents Day. However, some may be operating on holiday schedule with limited or reduced hours of operation. Some businesses are closed on Presidents Day in order to give their employees the day off. Here’s a quick rundown of what is open and what is closed on February 20, 2017:

BANKS are CLOSED on Presidents Day.

BARS & CLUBS are OPEN on Presidents Day.

BIG BOX STORES are OPEN on Presidents Day: Walmart, Costco, 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, Sam’s Club, Academy Sports + Outdoors, etc. Many locations will be holding special Presidents Day sales and promotions!

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

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

MOVIE THEATERS are OPEN on Presidents Day: AMC Theaters, Cinemark, Carmike, Regal Theaters, etc. Some theatres have additional holiday show times scheduled for February 20.

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

POST OFFICE (USPS) is CLOSED on Presidents Day.

SCHOOLS are generally CLOSED on Presidents Day. This includes grade schools, middle schools, high schools, colleges, universities, etc.

SHOPPING MALLS AND MALL ANCHOR STORES are OPEN on Presidents 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 Presidents sales and special deals!

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 Presidents 2017. Plan ahead, be safe, and have a great holiday weekend!

Canada Stores & Malls Open or Closed Family Day?

Family Day is a relatively new and somewhat confusing Canadian holiday. For starters, Family Day is only observed in Alberta, Ontario, Saskatchewan and British Columbia. In Prince Edward Island, Islander Day is celebrated instead. Across Manitoba, the 3rd Monday in February is Louis Riel Day. Nova Scotia Heritage Day is commemorated as well. For 2017, the date is Monday, February 20. Family Day is NOT a national statutory holiday. Because of this, all federal workers work on Family day including post office employees. Canada Post WILL collect and deliver mail on Family Day/Heritage Day/Islander Day/Louis Riel Day.

Are stores open? Are restaurants open? Are the malls open? Again, this is confusing since laws regarding Family Day/Heritage Day/Islander Day/Louis Riel Day vary by province and sometimes by individual cities within a province. Here is a general guide:

In Alberta, British Columbia, Labrador/Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Saskatchewan, Quebec, and Yukon, retailers are generally OPEN on Family Day.

In Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Prince Edward Island, retailers are generally CLOSED on Family Day/Heritage Day/Islander Day/Louis Riel Day. The city of Winnipeg is an exception: most stores are allowed to open between 9:00AM and 6:00PM.

These rules apply to all the large chain stores: RONA, Canadian Tire, Sobeys, Loblaws, Atlantic Superstore, Real Canadian Superstore, Best Buy, The Source, HomeSense, Costco, Walmart, Staples, Kent, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Cabela’s, Safeway, Shoppers Drug Mart, Dominion, Longo’s, Hudson’s Bay, Save-On-Foods, Metro, etc. They also apply to most smaller retailers. However, exceptions are made for designated tourist areas in Ontario and elsewhere. Restaurants, gas stations, and convenience stores selling essential items are generally OPEN on the February 20th holiday.

Did I mention this is confusing? To be sure, call ahead and confirm Family Day/Nova Scotia Heritage Day/Islander Day/Louis Riel Day hours of operation for your stores, malls, and restaurants before heading out. Have a great winter holiday, Canada!