Today is Good Friday and the First Night of Passover: Here is What’s Open and What’s Closed

Courts will be open Friday.

By Paul Riegler on 30 March 2018
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Today is Good Friday and, at sundown, the first day of Passover. The former marks Jesus’ crucifixion, the latter, the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt.

Neither is as widely observed as a federal or state holiday: relatively few offices close and most people simply go to work.

The two holidays do coincide with the start of spring recess at many public and private schools throughout the United States, so students get a break.

Here’s what you need to know about what’s open for business and operating in the United States – and what isn’t – on Friday.

GOVERNMENT OFFICES All Federal government offices are open on Friday, as will be almost all city and state offices and courthouses.

POST OFFICE The Post Office is open. Mail will be delivered.

BANKS Financial institutions have the option to close. Few will.

SCHOOLS Many are closed for spring recess starting Friday. Some colleges and universities may also be closed.

FINANCIAL MARKETS The nation’s stock and bond markets will be closed on Friday.

TRANSPORTATION Most local transportation systems, such as buses, subways, and commuter rail systems, will operate on normal schedule although some systems may operate additional trains Friday afternoon to accommodate travelers and commuters leaving early.

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