Today is the 4th of July: Here’s What’s Open and What’s Closed

By Anna Breuer on 4 July 2019
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Today, Thursday, is the Fourth of July, Independence Day, in the United States, a federal holiday that celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence after the Continental Congress declared the thirteen American colonies to be a new and independent nation, no longer part of the British Empire.

The holiday is associated with family picnics, barbecues, fireworks, parades, and baseball games among other festivities. John Adams, the country’s first vice president and second president, predicted that the day would be celebrated as a “great anniversary Festival” and he wanted it to be commemorated with “Pomp and Parade, with Shews [shows], Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more,” he wrote in a letter to his wife, Abigail Adams, on July 3, 1776.

As a footnote, both Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the nation’s third president, died on the same day, July 4, 1826.

Because the holiday falls on a Thursday, many people will take a long weekend, taking Wednesday and Friday or perhaps the entire week off.

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

GOVERNMENT OFFICES
All Federal government offices are closed on Thursday, as will be almost all city and state offices.

POST OFFICE
No regular mail delivery except for Priority Mail Express, formerly known as Express Mail. Regular service resumes on Friday.

BANKS
Financial institutions are closed.

SHOPS AND MARKETS
Varies by store. Some may be open but have shorter hours.

SCHOOLS
Closed on Thursday and most are already in summer recess.

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

TRANSPORTATION
Most local transportation systems, such as buses, subways, and commuter rail systems, will operate on Sunday or holiday schedules Thursday with normal service on Friday. Airports are open although most flyers will make it to their destinations in advance of the holiday. Expect traffic on highways leading to beaches.

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