Open or Closed on Thanksgiving Day November 26

November 23, 2020

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Latest Updates:

11/23/2020 – Heinen’s will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day 2020. Stores will reopen at 8:00AM on Black Friday.

11/23/2020 – Gelson’s will close at 3:00PM on Thanksgiving Day 2020. In addition, all stores will be CLOSED on Black Friday.

11/23/2020 – Taco Cabana will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day 2020.

11/23/2020 – Uno Pizzeria & Grill will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day 2020. This is a change from previous years.

11/22/2020 – TOPS Friendly Markets will close at 4:00PM on Thanksgiving Day 2020. Stores will reopen at 6:00AM on Black Friday.

11/22/2020 – Ollie’s Bargain Outlet will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day 2020. Stores will reopen at 5:00AM on Black Friday.

11/22/2020 – Kohl’s will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day 2020. Stores will reopen at 5:00AM on Black Friday.

11/22/2020 – Cub Foods will close at 4:00PM on Thanksgiving Day 2020. Stores will reopen at 6:00AM on Black Friday.

11/21/2020 – Bealls Florida will be closed on Thanksgiving Day 2020. Stores will reopen at 6:00AM on Black Friday.

11/21/2020 – Menards will be closed on Thanksgiving Day 2020. Stores will reopen at 6:00AM on Black Friday.

11/21/2020 – Target will be closed on Thanksgiving Day 2020. Stores will reopen at 7:00AM on Black Friday.

11/21/2020 – Rural King will be OPEN from 7:00AM-6:00PM on Thanksgiving Day 2020. Stores will reopen at 6:00AM on Black Friday.

11/20/2020 – Albertsons will close at 3:00PM on Thanksgiving Day 2020. Pharmacies will be closed the entire day.

11/20/2020 – Vons will close at 3:00PM on Thanksgiving Day 2020. Pharmacies will be closed the entire day.

11/20/2020 – Meijer will be OPEN from 6:00AM-4:00PM on Thanksgiving Day 2020. Pharmacies will be OPEN from 10:00AM-2:00PM.

11/19/2020 – Boston Market will be OPEN on Thanksgiving Day 2020. Hours vary by location.

11/18/2020 – Fiesta Mart will close at 7:00PM on Thanksgiving Day 2020. Stores will reopen at normal time on Black Friday.

11/18/2020 – Kroger will close at 4:00PM on Thanksgiving Day 2020. Pharmacies will be closed the entire day.

11/17/2020 – Smokey Bones BBQ will be OPEN from 3:00PM-9:00PM on Thanksgiving Day 2020.

11/15/2020 – Bass Pro and Cabela’s will be OPEN from 8:00AM-6:00PM on Thanksgiving Day 2020.

11/15/2020 – Food City will be OPEN from 7:00AM-3:00PM on Thanksgiving Day 2020.

11/14/2020 – As of today, most Walmarts will be open an additional hour each day. New schedule is 7:00AM-11:00PM Monday-Sunday.

11/13/2020 – As expected Minnesota’s Mall of America (MOA) will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day 2020. The mall will reopen at 8:00AM on Black Friday.

11/12/2020 – Golden Corral will be OPEN on Thanksgiving Day 2020. This year, pricing and serving hours vary by location.

11/11/2020 – The Home Depot will once again be CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day 2020. Stores will reopen at 6:00 AM on Black Friday.

11/8/2020 – Michaels will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day 2020. Stores will reopen at 7:00AM on Black Friday.

11/8/2020 – Old Navy will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day 2020. However, stores open at 12:00AM midnight on Black Friday.

11/8/2020 – Dollar General has confirmed they will be OPEN on Thanksgiving Day 2020 from 7:00AM-5:00PM.

11/6/2020 – All Tanger Outlets will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day. Stores will reopen at 6:00AM on Black Friday.

11/6/2020 – Rack Room Shoes will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day 2020. Black Friday opening time TBA.

11/6/2020 – Belk will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day 2020. Stores will reopen at 7:00AM on Black Friday.

11/5/2020 – Big Lots has confirmed they will be OPEN from 7:00AM-1:00PM on Thanksgiving Day 2020. Stores will reopen at 6:00AM on Black Friday.

11/3/2020 – Once again this year, Sam’s Club will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day 2020.

11/1/2020 – Dick’s Sporting Goods has confirmed they will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day 2020. Dick’s will open at 5:00AM on Black Friday.

11/1/2020 – Byerly’s and Lunds will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day AND Black Friday 2020. Stores reopen at 6:00AM on November 28.

11/1/2020 – Romano’s Macaroni Grill will be open from 11:00AM-9:00PM on Thanksgiving Day 2020.

10/31/2020 – Best Buy has confirmed they will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day 2020. Best Buy will open at 5:00AM on Black Friday.

10/31/2020 – Belk has confirmed they will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day 2020. Belk will open at 7:00AM on Black Friday.

10/30/2020 – Several Simon Malls, Mills, and Premium Outlets begin extended holiday shopping hours today. Use our handy blue search box to find updated schedules for your favorite locations.

10/29/2020 – Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse will open at 11:00AM on Thanksgiving Day 2020. Full dinner menu will be available all day.

For 2020, Thanksgiving happens on Thursday, November 26. If you’re planning on spending the day shopping or dining out, be aware that many stores, restaurants, and shopping centers are closed on Thanksgiving Day. Due to COVID-19 coronavirus, many businesses which were open on previous Thanksgivings will be closed this year . Here’s a quick check of what is open and what is closed on November 26, 2020:

BANKS are CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day.

BARS & CLUBS may be OPEN or CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day.

BIG BOX STORES may be OPEN or CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day. Many retailers which opened previously on Turkey Day will remain closed this year. Best Buy, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Target, and Walmart have already announced they will not be opening on Thanksgiving 2020.

CASUAL RESTAURANTS may be OPEN or CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day.

CONVENIENCE STORES are OPEN on Thanksgiving Day. Many locations are open 24 hours, even on holidays.

FAST FOOD RESTAURANTS may be OPEN or CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day.

GROCERY STORES may be OPEN or CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day.

GOVERNMENT OFFICES are CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day. Nearly all federal, state, county, and city agencies are closed on November 26.

LIQUOR STORES may be OPEN or CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day. This depends on which state and/or city you are located in. Some areas allow alcoholic beverages to be sold on November 26 while others prohibit sales.

MOVIE THEATERS are mostly OPEN on Thanksgiving Day. However, some theaters remain closed due to COVID-19.

PHARMACIES & DRUG STORES may be OPEN or CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day. Often, the store is open but the actual pharmacy is closed. Pharmacy departments in grocery and big box stores may be closed or operating on holiday schedules.

POST OFFICE (USPS) is CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day. There is no mail delivery on November 26.

SCHOOLS are CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day: grade schools, middle schools, high schools, colleges, universities, etc.

SHOPPING MALLS AND MALL ANCHOR STORES may be OPEN or CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day. Again, because of coronavirus, many retailers which were open in previous years will be closed this Thanksgiving.

STOCK MARKET is CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day.

How do you know if specific stores, restaurants, and malls are open or closed? Just search our list! Because holiday hours are always subject to change, it’s smart to call and confirm schedules before leaving home. Plan ahead, be safe, have a great 2020 Thanksgiving & Black Friday!

Complete List of U.S. & Canada Holidays

November 17, 2020

If you’re looking for special holiday sales and deals, you need to know about all the holidays! Everyone knows when Thanksgiving Day and Labor Day occur, but what about National Candy Corn Day or Election Day? Stores, restaurants, and shopping malls use any holiday to hold special sales, promotions, and events. This includes the minor, lesser-known holidays. Here’s our complete list of 2020-2021 holidays which are celebrated in the United States and Canada:

Thursday, November 26, 2020 – Thanksgiving Day
Friday, November 27, 2020 – Black Friday
Saturday, November 28, 2020 – Small Business Saturday
Monday, November 30, 2020 – Cyber Monday
Monday, December 7, 2020 – Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 – National Brownie Day
Thursday, December 10, 2020 – Hanukkah begins at sunset
Friday, December 18, 2020 – Hanukkah ends at nightfall
Wednesday, December 23, 2020 – Festivus. Is Festivus for the rest of us a real holiday? You decide!
Thursday, December 24, 2020 – Christmas Eve
Friday, December 25, 2020 – Christmas Day
Saturday, December 26, 2020 – Boxing Day
Saturday, December 26, 2020 – Kwanzaa begins
Thursday, December 31, 2020 – New Year’s Eve
Friday, January 1, 2021 – New Year’s Day
Friday, January 1, 2021 – Kwanzaa ends
Monday, January 4, 2021 – National Spaghetti Day
Saturday, January 9, 2021 – National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day
Thursday, January 14, 2021 – National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day
Friday, January 15, 2021 – National Strawberry Ice Cream Day
Monday, January 18, 2021 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day aka MLK Day
Wednesday, January 20, 2021 – National Disc Jockey Day
Wednesday, January 20, 2021 – National Cheese Lover’s Day
Saturday, January 23, 2021 – National Pie Day
Tuesday, February 2, 2021 – Groundhog Day
Saturday, February 6, 2021 – National Frozen Yogurt Day
Sunday, February 7, 2021 – Super Bowl Sunday
Sunday, February 7, 2021 – National Fettuccine Alfredo Day
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 – National Pizza Pie Day
Friday, February 12, 2021 – Abe Lincoln’s Birthday
Sunday, February 14, 2021 – Valentine’s Day
Monday, February 15, 2021 – Presidents Day & George Washington’s Birthday
Monday, February 15, 2021 – Family Day (Canada: Alberta, Ontario, Saskatchewan)
Monday, February 15, 2021 – Islander Day (Canada: Prince Edward Island)
Monday, February 15, 2021 – Louis Riel Day (Canada: Manitoba)
Monday, February 15, 2021 – Nova Scotia Heritage Day (Canada: Nova Scotia)
Tuesday, February 16, 2021 – Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday (New Orleans & Gulf Coast)
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 – Ash Wednesday
Monday, February 22, 2021 – National Margarita Day
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 – National Tortilla Chip Day
Thursday, February 25, 2021 – National Chili Day
Tuesday, March 9, 2021 – National Meatball Day
Tuesday, March 9, 2021 – National Crab Meat Day
Sunday, March 14, 2021 – Pi Day (3/14, get it?)
Sunday, March 14, 2021 – Daylight Saving Time Begins
Monday, March 15, 2021 – National Napping Day
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 – St. Patrick’s Day
Saturday, March 20, 2021 – First Day of Spring
Saturday, March 20, 2021 – National Ravioli Day
Saturday, March 20, 2021 – National Corn Dog Day
Tuesday, March 23, 2021 – National Puppy Day
Tuesday, March 23, 2021 – National Chip and Dip Day
Wednesday, March 24, 2021 – National Cheesesteak Day
Friday, March 26, 2021 – Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day (Hawaii)
Sunday, March 28, 2021 – Palm Sunday
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 – National Doctors’ Day
Thursday, April 1, 2021 – April Fools’ Day
Thursday, April 1, 2021 – National Burrito Day
Friday, April 2, 2021 – Good Friday
Sunday, April 4, 2021 – Easter Sunday
Monday, April 5, 2021 – Easter Monday
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 – National Beer Day
Saturday, April 10, 2021 – National Siblings Day
Sunday, April 11, 2021 – National 8-Track Tape Day
Sunday, April 11, 2021 – National Pet Day
Sunday, April 11, 2021 – National Submarine Day
Sunday, April 11, 2021 – National Barber Shop Quartet Day
Sunday, April 11, 2021 – National Cheese Fondue Day
Thursday, April 15, 2021 – Tax Day (federal and most state tax returns due)
Friday, April 16, 2021 – Emancipation Day (Washington, DC)
Saturday, April 17, 2021 – Record Store Day
Monday, April 19, 2021 – National Garlic Day
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 – Administrative Professionals’ Day aka Secretaries’ Day
Thursday, April 22, 2021 – Earth Day
Saturday, May 1, 2021 – May Day
Saturday, May 1, 2021 – Free Comic Book Day
Tuesday, May 4, 2021 – Star Wars Day (May the 4th Be With You!)
Tuesday, May 4, 2021 – National Teacher Appreciation Day
Wednesday, May 5, 2021 – Cinco de Mayo (big day for Mexican restaurant deals!)
Sunday, May 9, 2021 – Mother’s Day
Monday, May 10, 2021 – National Shrimp Day
Saturday, May 15, 2021 – Armed Forces Day
Saturday, May 15, 2021 – National Chocolate Chip Day
Sunday, May 23, 2021 – Pentecost Sunday
Monday, May 24, 2021 – Pentecost Monday
Monday, May 24, 2021 – Victoria Day (Canada except Quebec)
Monday, May 24, 2021 – National Patriots’ Day (Canada: Quebec)
Friday, May 28, 2021 – National Hamburger Day
Monday, May 31, 2021 – Memorial Day

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 – National Rotisserie Chicken Day
Friday, June 4, 2021 – National Cheese Day
Friday, June 4, 2021 – National Doughnut Day
Friday, June 11, 2021 – King Kamehameha Day (Hawaii)
Monday, June 14, 2021 – Flag Day
Saturday, June 19, 2021 – Juneteenth
Saturday, June 19, 2021 – National Martini Day
Sunday, June 20, 2021 – Father’s Day
Sunday, June 20, 2021 – First Day of Summer
Monday, June 21, 2021 – National Aboriginal Day (Canada: Northwest Territories)
Thursday, June 24, 2021 – St. Jean Baptiste Day (Canada: Quebec)
Thursday, June 24, 2021 – Discovery Day (Canada: Newfoundland and Labrador)
Thursday, July 1, 2021 – Canada Day (Memorial Day in Newfoundland and Labrador)
Sunday, July 4, 2021 – Independence Day a/k/a “The Fourth of July”
Friday, July 9, 2021 – Nunavut Day (Canada: Nunavut)
Sunday, July 11, 2021 – 7-Eleven Free Slurpee Day
Tuesday, July 13, 2021 – National French Fry Day
Wednesday, July 14, 2021 – Bastille Day
Wednesday, July 14, 2021 – National Mac & Cheese Day
Saturday, July 17, 2021 – National Tattoo Day
Sunday, July 18, 2021 – National Ice Cream Day
Thursday, July 22, 2021 – National Hot Dog Day
Saturday, July 24, 2021 – National Tequila Day
Saturday, July 24, 2021 – Pioneer Day (Utah)
Sunday, July 25, 2021 – Parents’ Day
Tuesday, July 27, 2021 – National Chicken Finger Day
Thursday, July 29, 2021 – National Chicken Wing Day
Thursday, July 29, 2021 – National Lasagna Day
Thursday, July 29, 2021 – National Lipstick Day
Friday, July 30, 2021 – National Cheesecake Day
Saturday, July 31, 2021 – National Avocado Day
Sunday, August 1, 2021 – National Friendship Day
Sunday, August 1, 2021 – Taste of Dorset, MN aka “The Restaurant Capital of the World”
Monday, August 2, 2021 – National Ice Cream Sandwich Day
Monday, August 2, 2021 – Civic Holiday (Canada: Manitoba, Nunavut, Ontario)
Monday, August 2, 2021 – Heritage Day (Canada: Alberta)
Monday, August 2, 2021 – Natal Day (Canada: Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island)
Monday, August 2, 2021 – New Brunswick Day (Canada: New Brunswick)
Monday, August 2, 2021 – Saskatchewan Day (Canada: Saskatchewan)
Tuesday, August 3, 2021 – National Watermelon Day
Wednesday, August 4, 2021 – National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day
Friday, August 6, 2021 – National Root Beer Float Day
Sunday, August 8, 2021 – International Cat Day
Sunday, August 8, 2021 – National Zucchini Day
Thursday, August 12, 2021 – National Vinyl Record Day
Monday, August 16, 2021 – Discovery Day (Canada: Yukon)
Tuesday, August 17, 2021 – Black Cat Appreciation Day
Wednesday, August 18, 2021 – National Fajita Day
Friday, August 20, 2021 – National Radio Day
Friday, August 20, 2021 – National Lemonade Day
Tuesday, August 24, 2021 – National Waffle Day
Wednesday, August 25, 2021 – National Banana Split Day
Thursday, August 26, 2021 – National Dog Day
Saturday, August 28, 2021 – Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day
Saturday, September 4, 2021 – International Bacon Day
Sunday, September 5, 2021 – National Cheese Pizza Day
Monday, September 6, 2021 – Labor Day
Monday, September 6, 2021 – Labour Day (Canada)
Saturday, September 11, 2021 – Patriot Day (9/11)
Sunday, September 12, 2021 – Grandparents’ Day
Thursday, September 16, 2021 – Mexican Independence Day (big day for Mexican restaurant deals!)
Thursday, September 16, 2021 – Stepfamily Day
Thursday, September 16, 2021 – National Guacamole Day
Friday, September 17, 2021 – Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day
Friday, September 17, 2021 – Citizenship Day aka Constitution Day
Saturday, September 18, 2021 – National Cheeseburger Day
Sunday, September 19, 2021 – Talk Like a Pirate Day
Monday, September 20, 2021 – National Pepperoni Pizza Day (big day for pizza deals!)
Wednesday, September 22, 2021 – National Ice Cream Cone Day
Friday, September 24, 2021 – Native Americans’ Day (California)
Sunday, September 26, 2021 – National Pancake Day
Wednesday, September 29, 2021 – National Coffee Day
Friday, October 1, 2021 – National Black Dog Day
Monday, October 4, 2021 – National Taco Day
Monday, October 4, 2021 – National CB Radio Day (thank you, Jimmy Carter!)
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 – National Noodle Day
Friday, October 8, 2021 – National Salmon Day
Friday, October 8, 2021 – World Egg Day
Monday, October 11, 2021 – Columbus Day
Monday, October 11, 2021 – Native Americans’ Day (South Dakota)
Monday, October 11, 2021 – Thanksgiving Day (Canada)
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 – National Pulled Pork Day
Friday, October 15, 2021 – Tax Day II. If you filed an extension, tax returns are due today!
Saturday, October 16, 2021 – Boss’s Day
Saturday, October 16, 2021 – Sweetest Day
Sunday, October 17, 2021 – National Pasta Day
Friday, October 22, 2021 – National Make A Dog’s Day
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 – National Pumpkin Day
Thursday, October 28, 2021 – National Chocolate Day
Friday, October 29, 2021 – National Cat Day
Friday, October 29, 2021 – Nevada Day
Saturday, October 30, 2021 – National Candy Corn Day
Sunday, October 31, 2021 – Halloween
Sunday, November 7, 2021 – Daylight Saving Time Ends
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 – Election Day
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 – National Sandwich Day
Thursday, November 4, 2021 – National Candy Day
Saturday, November 6, 2021 – National Nachos Day
Thursday, November 11, 2021 – Veterans Day
Thursday, November 11, 2021 – Remembrance Day (Canada)
Thursday, November 11, 2021 – National Sundae Day
Saturday, November 13, 2021 – World Kindness Day
Sunday, November 14, 2021 – National Pickle Day
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 – National Fast Food Day

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 Veterans Day Thursday November 11

November 12, 2020

For 2021, Veterans Day, also known as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day, happens on Thursday, November 11th.

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, 2021:

BANKS are CLOSED on Veterans Day.

BARS & CLUBS are OPEN on Veterans Day.

BIG BOX STORES are OPEN on Veterans Day.

CASUAL RESTAURANTS are OPEN on Veterans Day. Many offer free breakfast, lunch, or dinner to veterans and active military personnel.

CONVENIENCE STORES are OPEN on Veterans Day.

FAST FOOD RESTAURANTS are OPEN on Veterans Day.

GROCERY STORES are OPEN on Veterans Day.

GOVERNMENT OFFICES will observe Veterans Day on Thursday, November 11. Nearly all federal, state, county, and city agencies will be closed on this 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.

PHARMACIES & DRUG STORES are OPEN on Veterans Day.

POST OFFICES (USPS) are CLOSED in observance of Veterans Day. There is no mail delivery on Thursday, November 11.

SCHOOLS may be OPEN or CLOSED for 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.

STOCK MARKET is OPEN on Veterans 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 Veterans Day 2021!

Canada Stores Malls Open/Closed Remembrance Day

November 12, 2020

“Are the stores and shopping malls in Canada open on Remembrance 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 Thursday, November 11, 2021.

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 Remembrance Day. 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 November 11.

BRITISH COLUMBIA: There are no laws in British Columbia which prohibit retailers from being open on Remembrance Day. 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 November 11.

MANITOBA: Provincial law prohibits most retailers from being open between 9:00AM and 1:00PM on Remembrance Day. Typically, stores and shopping malls will remain closed until 1:00PM on November 11, rather than opening earlier and having to close during these 4 hours.

NEW BRUNSWICK: Provincial law prohibits most retailers from being open on Remembrance Day. Most stores and shopping malls across New Brunswick will be CLOSED on November 11.

NEWFOUNDLAND/LABRADOR: Provincial law prohibits most retailers from being open on Remembrance Day. Most stores and shopping malls across Newfoundland/Labrador will be CLOSED on November 11.

NORTHWEST TERRITORIES: There are no laws in the Northwest Territories which prohibit retailers from being open on Remembrance Day. 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 November 11.

NOVA SCOTIA: Provincial law prohibits most retailers from being open on Remembrance Day. Most stores and shopping malls across Nova Scotia will be CLOSED on November 11.

NUNAVUT: There are no laws in Nunavut which prohibit retailers from being open on Remembrance Day. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across Nunavut will be OPEN on November 11.

ONTARIO: There are no laws in Ontario which prohibit retailers from being open on Remembrance Day. However, some cities do prohibit opening before 12:30PM on this day. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across Ontario will be OPEN on November 11.

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND: Provincial law prohibits most retailers from being open on Remembrance Day. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across P.E.I. will be CLOSED on November 11. Also, don’t forget that most Prince Edward Island retailers are required by law to be closed on Sunday.

QUEBEC: There are no laws in Quebec which prohibit retailers from being open on Remembrance Day. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across Ontario will be OPEN on November 11.

SASKATCHEWAN: There are no laws in Saskatchewan which prohibit retailers from being open on Remembrance Day. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across Saskatchewan will be OPEN on November 11.

YUKON: There are no laws in the Yukon which prohibit retailers from being open on Remembrance Day. 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 November 11.

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 Thursday, November 11. If you know of additions or exceptions to these rules, please share with us. Happy Remembrance Day, Canada!

Canada Stores Malls Open/Closed Thanksgiving Day

October 13, 2020

“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 11, 2021.

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 11. If you know of additions or exceptions to these rules, please share with us. Happy Thanksgiving Day 2021, Canada!

Open or Closed on Columbus Day Monday October 11

October 13, 2020

For 2021, Columbus Day happens on Monday, October 11th. Most stores, restaurants, shopping centers, and malls are open with regular hours of operation. Some other 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 11, 2021:

BANKS are CLOSED on Columbus Day.

BARS & CLUBS are OPEN on Columbus Day.

BIG BOX STORES are OPEN on Columbus Day.

CASUAL RESTAURANTS are OPEN on Columbus Day.

CONVENIENCE STORES are OPEN on Columbus Day. Many locations are open 24 hours, even on holidays.

FAST FOOD RESTAURANTS are OPEN on Columbus Day.

GROCERY STORES are OPEN on Columbus Day.

GOVERNMENT OFFICES are CLOSED on Columbus Day. Nearly all federal, state, county, and city agencies are closed on October 11.

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 October 11th while others prohibit sales.

MOVIE THEATERS are OPEN on Columbus Day.

PHARMACIES & DRUG STORES are OPEN on Columbus Day. Pharmacy departments in grocery and big box stores might be operating on holiday schedules.

POST OFFICE (USPS) is CLOSED on Columbus Day. There is no mail delivery on October 11.

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.

STOCK MARKET is OPEN on Columbus Day. Bond markets are closed, however.

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 Columbus Day 2021!

Open or Closed on Labor Day Monday September 6

September 8, 2020

For 2021, Labor Day happens on Monday, September 6th. Most stores, restaurants, shopping centers, and malls are open on Labor Day. However, they may be operating on holiday schedule with limited or reduced hours of operation. Some businesses are closed on Labor Day in order to give their employees the day off. Here’s a quick rundown of what is open and what is closed on September 6, 2021:

BANKS are CLOSED on Labor Day.

BARS & CLUBS are OPEN on Labor Day.

BIG BOX STORES are OPEN on Labor Day.

CASUAL RESTAURANTS are OPEN on Labor Day.

CONVENIENCE STORES are OPEN on Labor Day. Many locations are open 24 hours, even on holidays.

FAST FOOD RESTAURANTS are OPEN on Labor Day.

GROCERY STORES are OPEN on Labor Day.

GOVERNMENT OFFICES are CLOSED on Labor Day. Nearly all federal, state, county, and city agencies are closed on September 6.

LIQUOR STORES may be OPEN or CLOSED on Labor Day. This depends on which state and/or city you are located in. Some areas allow alcoholic beverages to be sold on September 6th while others prohibit sales.

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

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

POST OFFICE (USPS) is CLOSED on Labor Day. There is no mail delivery on September 6.

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

SCHOOLS are CLOSED on Labor Day. This includes 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 Labor Day 2021!

Canada Stores & Malls Open or Closed Labour Day

September 8, 2020

“Are the stores and shopping malls in Canada open on Labour Day?” That’s a tricky question. Unlike Labor Day in the States where practically everything is open, provincial law dictates whether or not businesses may open on Monday, September 6. Stores and malls are allowed to open in some provinces while required to remain closed on Labour Day in others. Additionally, some cities and municipalities have special rules. For instance, retailers are generally not allowed to open in Manitoba unless they are located in Winnipeg. But only on some holidays. Are you confused? Me, too! Keep reading as I try to sort this all out for you.

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 Labour 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 Labour Day.

MANITOBA: Provincial law prohibits most retailers from being open on New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. The exception for Winnipeg (as described above) does NOT apply on Labour Day. So, most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across Manitoba will be CLOSED on Labour Day.

NEW BRUNSWICK: Provincial law prohibits most retailers from being open on New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, New Brunswick Day, Labour Day, Remembrance Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across New Brunswick will be CLOSED on Labour Day.

NEWFOUNDLAND/LABRADOR: Provincial law prohibits most retailers from being open on New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Victoria Day, Memorial Day/Canada Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day, Remembrance Day, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day. Additionally, retailers in St. John’s and Harbour Grace are required to close on Regatta Day. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across Newfoundland/Labrador will be CLOSED on Labour 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 Labour Day.

NOVA SCOTIA: Provincial law prohibits most retailers from being open on New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Canada Day, Labour Day, Remembrance Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across Nova Scotia will be CLOSED on Labour 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 Labour Day.

ONTARIO: Provincial law prohibits most retailers from being open on New Year’s Day, Family Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas 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 Labour 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 New Year’s Day, Islander Day, Good Friday, Canada Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day, Remembrance Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across P.E.I. will be CLOSED on Labour Day. Also, don’t forget that most Prince Edward Island retailers are required by law to be closed on Sunday.

QUEBEC: Provincial law prohibits most retailers from being open on New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, Canada Day, Labour Day, and Christmas Day. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across Quebec will be CLOSED on Labour 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 Labour 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 Labour 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. If you know of additions or exceptions to these rules, please share with us. Happy Labour Day 2021, Canada!

Open or Closed Civic Holiday August Long Weekend

October 13, 2020

For 2021, Civic Holiday falls on Monday, August 2. Before you head out to the stores and restaurants, it’s a good idea to check and see whether they are open or closed! Most eateries, shopping centers, and malls are open on Civic Holiday and throughout the August Long Weekend. However, some may be operating on holiday schedule with limited or reduced hours of operation. Other businesses may be closed entirely on Civic Holiday in order to give their employees the day off.

Civic Holiday is also known as Heritage Day in Alberta, British Columbia Day, New Brunswick Day, Regatta Day in Newfoundland/Labrador, Natal Day in Nova Scotia, Joseph Brant Day in Burlington, Ontario; Colonel By Day in Ottawa, Ontario; and Simcoe Day in Toronto. Here’s a quick rundown of what is open and what is closed:

BANKS: CLOSED

BARS & CLUBS: OPEN

BEER STORES: SOME OPEN, SOME CLOSED. In Ontario, some The Beer Store locations will be open on August 2. Those stores operating on Civic Holiday will be open from 11:00AM-6:00PM. Call ahead to confirm before heading out!

BIG BOX STORES: OPEN – Best Buy, Canadian Tire, Costco, The Home Depot, Home Hardware, Home Outfitters, HomeSense, Kent, Lowe’s, PetSmart, RONA, Sears, Staples, Walmart

CANADA POST OFFICES: CLOSED

CASUAL RESTAURANTS: OPEN – Boston Pizza, Tim Horton’s, The Keg Steakhouse, Earls, Milestones, Harvey’s, Swiss Chalet, East Side Mario’s, Kelsey’s, St-Hubert, Montana’s Cookhouse

CONVENIENCE STORES: OPEN – Circle K, Needs Convenience, On the Run, Quickie, Mac’s, Provi-Soir, OLCO, Irving’s Blue Canoe, Pioneer. Many locations are open 24 hours, even on holidays.

DEPARTMENT STORES: OPEN – Army & Navy, Marshalls, Winners, Rossy, Dollarama, Bowring, The Bargain! Shop, The Source, Stedmans V&S, Hudson’s Bay, La Maison Simons, Fields, Holt Renfrew, XS Cargo, Taylor’s, Giant Tiger

FAST FOOD RESTAURANTS: OPEN – McDonald’s, Burger King, A&W, KFC, Subway, Dairy Queen, Quizno’s, Wendy’s, Pizza Hut, Pizza Pizza, Starbucks

GROCERY STORES: OPEN – Loblaws, Sobeys, Save-On Foods, PriceSmart Foods, Metro, Super C, Foodland, Price Chopper, Food Faire, Thrifty Foods, Highland Farms, Dominion, Marché Ami, Northern/North Mart

GOVERNMENT OFFICES: CLOSED. Nearly all federal, provincial, and local agencies are closed on Civic Holiday.

LIQUOR STORES: MOSTLY OPEN. In Ontario, most but not all LCBO stores will be open. Some locations will be operating on holiday schedule with reduced hours. All Manitoba Liquor Mart locations except cityplace will be open on August 2 from 10:00AM-6:00PM.

MOVIE THEATERS: OPEN – Cineplex Entertainment, Landmark Cinemas, Cinemark Theaters, Cinémas Guzzo. Some theatres have additional holiday show times scheduled on Civic Holiday.

PHARMACIES & DRUG STORES: OPEN Shoppers Drug Mart, London Drugs, Value Drug Mart, Lawtons, DRUGStore Pharmacy, Pharmaprix, Pharmasave, Jean Coutu, Brunet, Uniprix. These stores 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 Civic Holiday.

SHOPPING CENTERS AND MALL ANCHOR STORES: OPEN

SCHOOLS: CLOSED

If you’re not sure, call the store or restaurant and confirm their holiday hours before leaving the house. This avoids unpleasant surprises and unnecessary drives, only to find your favorite eating or shopping place is closed on Civic Holiday. Plan ahead and have a fantastic August Long Weekend 2021!

Open or Closed on 4th of July Sunday July 4

July 5, 2020

For 2021, Independence Day happens on Sunday, July 4th. Most stores, restaurants, shopping centers, and malls are open on the 4th of July. However, they may be operating on holiday schedule with limited or reduced hours of operation. Some businesses are closed on Independence Day in order to give their employees the day off. Here’s a quick rundown of what is open and what is closed on July 4, 2021:

BANKS are CLOSED on July 4th.

BARS & CLUBS are OPEN on July 4th.

BIG BOX STORES are OPEN on July 4th.

CASUAL RESTAURANTS are OPEN on July 4. Several restaurants serve free or discounted meals to veterans and active military service members.

CONVENIENCE STORES are OPEN on July 4th. Many locations are open 24 hours, even on holidays.

FAST FOOD RESTAURANTS are OPEN on July 4th.

GROCERY STORES are OPEN on July 4th.

GOVERNMENT OFFICES are CLOSED on July 4th. Nearly all federal, state, county, and city agencies are closed on the 4th of July. Because 7/4 falls on a Sunday this year, many will be closed on Monday, July 5 as well.

LIQUOR STORES may be OPEN or CLOSED on July 4th. This depends on which state and/or city you are located in. Some areas allow alcoholic beverages to be sold on the 4th of July while others prohibit sales.

MOVIE THEATERS are OPEN on July 4th. Many theatres have additional holiday show times scheduled on Independence Day.

PHARMACIES & DRUG STORES are OPEN on July 4th. However, the actual pharmacy may be closed or operating reduced hours.

POST OFFICE (USPS) is CLOSED on July 4th. There is no mail delivery on July 4.

SHOPPING MALLS AND MALL ANCHOR STORES are OPEN on July 4th.

SCHOOLS are CLOSED for Independence Day. This includes 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 4th of July 2021!

Open or Closed on Canada Day Thursday July 1

July 2, 2020

Canada Day 2021 marks Canada’s 154th birthday! It is a national statutory holiday in all provinces. In Newfoundland/Labrador, it is also known as Memorial Day. There is always some question as to what is open and closed on Canada Day. Are stores open? Are restaurants open? Are the malls open? Laws regarding permitted hours of operation on Canada Day vary by province and sometimes by individual cities within a province. Here is a general guide:

In Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan, and Yukon, retailers are generally OPEN on Canada Day. In Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Quebec, retailers are generally CLOSED on Canada Day.

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 July 1st holiday.

Speaking of Ontario, all LCBO stores will be closed on Thursday, July 1. Canada Post offices nationwide will be CLOSED on July 1. There will be no mail delivery on July 1. Call your favorite stores, malls, and restaurants to confirm Canada Day hours of operation before heading out. Have a great Long Weekend, Canada!

Open or Closed on Father’s Day Sunday June 20

June 22, 2020

For 2021, Father’s Day is on Sunday, June 20. Many stores have special Father’s Day sales and deals on this day. Shopping malls feature Father’s Day promotions with lots of great gift ideas for Dad. At most restaurants, Father’s Day is one of the busiest days of the year! Be sure to check the fine print on your coupons and bonus gift cards carefully, as many will not be valid on Father’s Day. Free items for Dad, special lunch or dinner menus, and merchandise discounts can all be found on June 20th. Often, these promotions extend the entire weekend or for several days preceding the holiday. This is a great time to take Dad golfing or bowling at his favorite hangouts. Afterwards, why not treat him to a great lunch or dinner at his favorite restaurant? He’ll appreciate the thought and it need not cost a lot of money.

Father’s Day shopping hours are usually the same as they would be on any other Sunday. As for restaurants, many open early to serve Father’s Day Brunch or special breakfast. Be sure to call your favorite retailers and eateries for their specific Father’s Day hours as well as information on specific deals and sales. If you’re planning to take Dad out to celebrate, expect restaurants to be crowded. Long waiting times will be found at the most popular eateries. Reservations are strongly suggested and required in some cases. Don’t disappoint Dad on his special day! Call ahead to reserve a table before heading to the restaurant. We will be posting Father’s Day Brunch serving times for various restaurants as the information becomes available to us.

Be sure to do something nice for your dad and show him how much you appreciate all he has done for the family. Father’s Day only comes once per year. For 2021, it happens on Sunday, June 20.

Open or Closed King Kamehameha Day Friday June 11

June 13, 2020

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 annual lei draping event of the King Kamehameha statue at Ali‘iōlani Hale in downtown Honolulu is a major event. This will be followed by the 105th King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade from ‘Iolani Palace to Queen Kapi‘olani Park. King Kamehameha Day is a state holiday and a pretty big deal in Hawaii. Whether you live on the island or are just lucky enough to be visiting during this time of year, there is lots to see and do on and around June 11th!

Because it is a state holiday, schools and state offices are closed on King Kamehameha Day. Most banks and credit unions will also 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.

Can you go shopping or eat out on this day? Of course! A few stores will be closed, but most retailers will be open with King Kamehameha Day sales and deals. Honolulu’s Ala Moana center, Hawaii’s largest shopping mall, will be open on June 11. Some restaurants and shopping malls offer their own special promotions and celebrations. Sometimes, these promotions extend the entire weekend of the holiday.

State workers have King Kamehameha Day off as do many private sector employees. 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 2021, Hawaii!

Open or Closed on Memorial Day Monday May 31

May 26, 2020

For 2021, Memorial Day happens on Monday, May 31st. 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 31, 2021:

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. Many locations are open 24 hours, even on holidays.

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 May 31.

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 May 31st 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. There is no mail delivery on May 31.

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.

STOCK MARKET is CLOSED on Memorial 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 Memorial Day 2021!

Open or Closed on Victoria Day Monday May 24

May 19, 2020

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 2021, the date is May 24. 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 24th holiday. Speaking of Ontario, both LCBO and The Beer Store are closed Victoria Day at all locations.

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 24. Have a great Long Weekend, Canada!

Open or Closed on Mother’s Day Sunday May 9

May 11, 2020

For 2021, Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 9. Many stores have special Mother’s Day sales and deals on this day. Several shopping malls feature Mother’s Day promotions. At most restaurants, Mother’s Day is one of the busiest days of the year! Be sure to check the fine print on your coupons and bonus gift cards carefully, as many will not be valid on Mother’s Day. Free flowers for Mom, special lunch or dinner menus, and discounts on gift purchases can all be found on May 9th. Often, these promotions extend the entire weekend or for several days preceding the holiday. This is a great time to take Mom out shopping at her favorite store. Why not treat her to a great lunch or dinner at her favorite restaurant? You don’t have to be fancy or spend a lot of money. To Mom, it’s the thought that counts!

Mother’s Day shopping hours are usually the same as they would be on any other Sunday. As for restaurants, many open early to serve Mother’s Day Brunch or special breakfast. Be sure to call your favorite retailers and eateries for their specific Mother’s Day hours as well as information on specific Mother’s Day sales and deals they may be offering. If you’re planning to take Mom out on her special day, expect restaurants to be crowded. Long waiting times will be found at the most popular eateries. Reservations are strongly suggested and required in some cases. Don’t disappoint! Call ahead to reserve a table before heading out.

Be sure to do something nice for your mom and show her how much you appreciate all she has done for you. Mother’s Day only comes once per year. For 2021, it happens on Sunday, May 9.

Open or Closed on Cinco de Mayo Wednesday May 5

May 7, 2020

For 2021, Cinco de Mayo falls on Wednesday, May 5. If you love Mexican-themed food and drinks, this is your day! It’s pretty easy to find Mexican restaurants offering special Cinco de Mayo deals and freebies on 5/5. Some stores and shopping malls get into the spirit with Cinco de Mayo sales of their own. Discounted, free, or 2-for-1 tacos, enchiladas, burritos, nachos, and special lunch or dinner menus are all common at eateries on May 5. Because Cinco de Mayo falls on a Wednesday this year, there’s a good chance these promotions will be valid during the weekend preceding or following the holiday. Watch for signs and banners at the restaurants, advertising upcoming promotions for May 5th. Check the websites and Facebook pages of your favorite restaurants.

Cinco de Mayo dining and shopping hours are usually the same as they would be on any other Wednesday. Because Cinco de Mayo is not a federal holiday, nearly all stores and restaurants should be open with normal hours of operation. Just as St. Patrick’s Day is a fun “party” holiday when everyone’s a wee bit Irish, Cinco de Mayo is the same, but with a Mexican theme. If you can’t find specific information on their Facebook page or website, be sure to call your favorite stores and restaurants to ask about specific Cinco de Mayo sales and deals they may be offering on 5/5.

Don’t miss the party! Cinco de Mayo only comes once per year. For 2021, it happens on Wednesday, May 5.

Open or Closed on Easter Sunday April 4

April 13, 2020

If you’re planning on spending the day shopping or dining out, be aware that many stores, restaurants, shopping centers, and malls are closed on Easter Sunday. Others are open, but will be operating on holiday schedule with limited or reduced hours of operation. Because Easter falls on a Sunday, most other businesses and offices are naturally closed. Here’s a quick rundown of what is open and what is closed on April 4, 2021:

BANKS are CLOSED on Easter Sunday.

BARS & CLUBS may be OPEN or CLOSED on Easter Sunday.

BIG BOX STORES may be OPEN or CLOSED on Easter Sunday.

CASUAL RESTAURANTS may be OPEN or CLOSED on Easter Sunday.

CONVENIENCE STORES are OPEN on Easter Sunday. Many locations are open 24 hours, even on holidays.

FAST FOOD RESTAURANTS may be OPEN or CLOSED on Easter Sunday.

GROCERY STORES may be OPEN or CLOSED on Easter Sunday.

GOVERNMENT OFFICES are CLOSED on Easter Sunday. Nearly all federal, state, county, and city agencies are closed on April 4.

LIQUOR STORES may be OPEN or CLOSED on Easter Sunday. This depends on which state and/or city you are located in. Some areas allow alcoholic beverages to be sold on April 4th while others prohibit sales.

MOVIE THEATERS are mostly OPEN on Easter Sunday.

PHARMACIES & DRUG STORES are mostly OPEN on Easter Sunday. Pharmacy departments in grocery and big box stores might be closed or operating on holiday schedules.

POST OFFICE (USPS) is CLOSED on Easter Sunday. There is no mail delivery on April 4.

SCHOOLS are CLOSED on Easter Sunday: grade schools, middle schools, high schools, colleges, universities, etc.

SHOPPING MALLS AND MALL ANCHOR STORES are generally CLOSED on Easter Sunday.

STOCK MARKET is CLOSED on Easter Sunday.

So, how do you know if specific stores, restaurants, and malls are open or closed? Just search our list! To be absolutely sure, call and confirm holiday hours before leaving home. Plan ahead, be safe, and have a great Easter Sunday 2021!

Open or Closed St. Patrick’s Day Wednesday March 17

March 18, 2020

Just a reminder: St. Patrick’s Day is Wednesday, March 17, 2021. Although St. Patrick’s Day is a great excuse for a party, it is not a federal or state holiday. This means it is usually not considered a holiday for the purpose of having special hours of operation. Most restaurants, stores, shopping centers and malls will be open regular hours on St. Patrick’s Day. To see whether a specific place is open or closed, be sure to check our extensive list. Then, make your plans and put on some green. Everyone’s a little bit Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!

Even though most retailers will not have special St. Patrick’s Day shopping hours, don’t think there won’t be plenty of “saving o’ the green” sales and restaurant deals! These days, March 17 is a lot more than eating corned beef and cabbage while drinking green beer! Many retailers and eateries now have St. Patrick’s Day specials, discounts, and events on or around the holiday. Check with your favorite places of business to see who is having the biggest and best shopping events in your area. Restaurant promotions usually involve traditional Irish menu items and drinks at reduced prices. If you’re going to be out celebrating and imbibing, be smart and let someone else do the driving. Happy St. Patrick’s Day 2021, everyone!

Open or Closed Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday February 16

February 26, 2020

When is Mardi Gras 2021? This is one of those years when Mardi Gras occurs somewhat early in the season. Fat Tuesday 2021 happens on February 16th, nine days earlier than last year. Have no fear, this highly-anticipated winter holiday will be here soon! Of course, if you live along the Gulf Coast or are visiting the area, you’re no doubt aware when Mardi Gras Carnival season arrives! Parades and other festivities begin about a month before Fat Tuesday. Most stores and restaurants will be open with regular hours of operation on February 16. However, some locations will be closing early for the parades. Other retailers and eateries will be closed for the entire day on Fat Tuesday so their employees can enjoy the festivities. Trust me, Mardi Gras is a big deal in this region! Not just in New Orleans, but also in Gulfport, Biloxi, Ocean Springs, Pascagoula, Mobile, Pensacola, even as far east as Destin and Panama City!

As I mentioned earlier in this article, the Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday date this year (February 16) is earlier than last year. This is because Easter Sunday also comes earlier (April 4.) Fat Tuesday always occurs 47 days prior to Easter. The good news here is that Fat Tuesday temperatures should be warm, due to the mid-February date. A jacket probably won’t be needed, but you might want to pack one just in case. The other advantage of a late February Mardi Gras is it’s proximity to St. Patrick’s Day. If you just can’t get enough celebrating in on February 16, come back 4 weeks later for St. Patrick’s Day parades on the Coast! In any case, a fun time is guaranteed for the 2021 Carnival season. Be sure to call ahead and confirm hours for your favorite shopping mall, store, or restaurant before heading out on Fat Tuesday. If you’re visiting from out of the area, be sure to make your hotel reservations in advance as rooms do tend to fill up on the weekend prior to and extending through Fat Tuesday. Have a great and safe Mardi Gras!