Open or Closed King Kamehameha Day Sunday June 11

If you live in Hawaii, you are no doubt aware that June 11 is King Kamehameha Day. On this day, Hawaiians enjoy parades, parties, and the King Kamehameha Hula Competition. The 101st annual King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade will take place on Saturday, June 10 from Iolani Palace to Kapiolani Park. This year’s theme is Hooilina Pulama Na Mamo or “Passing the Torch.” The King Kamehameha Statue Lei Draping Ceremony at Aliʻiolani Hale in downtown Honolulu will be held on Friday, June 9. Needless to say, there is lots to see and do on and around June 11th!

Because King Kamehameha Day falls on a Sunday this year, the state holiday will be observed on Monday, June 12, 2017. Schools and state offices are closed on Monday. Most banks and credit unions will be closed.

In Honolulu, TheBus and other public transportation will run on a State Holiday schedule. The Kauai Bus will be operating on a modified schedule. Garbage will be collected as per normal schedule and transfer stations will be open. Satellite City Halls and Driver Licensing Centers (DMV) will be closed.

Some stores will be closed, but other retailers will be open with King Kamehameha Day sales and deals. Ala Moana center will be open both June 11 and June 12. Some restaurants and shopping malls feature special promotions as well. Sometimes, these promotions extend the entire weekend of the holiday. Be sure to call your favorite stores and restaurants for their specific King Kamehameha Day hours as well as information on particular sales and deals they may be offering.

Happy King Kamehameha Day, Hawaii!

Open or Closed on Memorial Day Monday May 29

For 2017, Memorial Day happens on Monday, May 29th. Most stores, restaurants, shopping centers, and malls are open on Memorial Day. However, they 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 29, 2017:

BANKS are CLOSED on Memorial Day.

BARS & CLUBS are OPEN on Memorial Day.

BIG BOX STORES are OPEN on Memorial Day.

CASUAL RESTAURANTS are OPEN on Memorial Day. Several restaurants serve free or discounted meals to veterans and active military service members.

CONVENIENCE STORES are OPEN on Memorial Day.

FAST FOOD RESTAURANTS are OPEN on Memorial Day.

GROCERY STORES are OPEN 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 sales.

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

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

POST OFFICE (USPS) is CLOSED on Memorial Day.

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

SCHOOLS are CLOSED on Memorial 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 Memorial Day 2017!

Open or Closed on Victoria Day Monday May 22

Victoria Day and Long May Weekend mark the unofficial start of summer across Canada. The date varies each year, falling on the last Monday in May on or before May 24. For 2017, the date is May 22. Victoria Day is observed in all provinces except Quebec. It is a national statutory holiday outside of New Brunswick, Newfoundland/Labrador, and Nova Scotia. There is always some question as to what is open and closed. Are stores open? Are restaurants open? Are the malls open?

Laws regarding permitted hours of operation on Victoria Day vary by province and sometimes by individual cities within a province. Here is a general guide:

In Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan, and Yukon, retailers are generally OPEN on Victoria Day.

In Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland/Labrador, and Ontario, retailers are generally CLOSED on Victoria Day. The city of Winnipeg is an exception: most stores are allowed to open between 9:00AM and 6:00PM. There are other local exceptions.

These rules apply to all the large chain stores: Atlantic Superstore, Best Buy, Cabela’s, Canadian Tire, Costco, Dominion, Home Depot, HomeSense, Hudson’s Bay, Kent, Loblaws, Longo’s, Lowe’s, Metro, Real Canadian Superstore, RONA, Safeway, Save-On-Foods, Shoppers Drug Mart, Sobeys, The Source, Staples, Walmart, etc. They also apply to most smaller retailers. 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 May 22nd holiday. Speaking of Ontario, both LCBO and The Beer Store are closed Victoria Day at all locations. Several Beer Stores will have extended holiday hours on Sunday, May 21.

All Canada Post offices will be closed. There will be no mail delivery on Victoria Day.

Confused? Call your favorite stores, malls, and restaurants to confirm Victoria Day hours of operation before heading out on May 22. Have a great Long Weekend, Canada!