Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Here’s What’s Open and What’s Closed

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By Paul Riegler on 14 January 2022
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Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday in the United States.  King, a Baptist minister and activist, was a leader in the civil rights movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. He is widely recognized for having advanced civil rights through non-violent actions and civil disobedience.  King’s father, Martin Luther King Sr., was an early civil rights leader who survived his son’s death and died in 1984.

King’s actual birthday is January 15, a Tuesday in the year he was born, 1929, but the federal holiday celebrating him is observed on the third Monday of January each year and this year falls on January 17.  The campaign for a federal holiday in King’s honor began soon after his assassination. President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983 and it was first observed in 1986.

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

SHOPS. Virtually all stores and malls will be open although, due to Covid staff absences, they may be operating on modified hours.  Check store hours before heading out.  Drug stores such as Walgreens and CVS and convenience stores such as 7-Eleven and Wawa will be open as well.

RESTAURANTS.  Almost all restaurants will be open on Monday.

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

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

PACKAGE DELIVERY SERVICES UPS and FedEx will deliver packages on Monday as usual.

BANKS Financial institutions have the option to close.  Almost all will.  Banks will resume regular hours on Tuesday.

SCHOOLS Closed on Monday in almost all jurisdictions, including those where distance-learning is in place.

FINANCIAL MARKETS The nation’s stock and bond markets will be closed on Monday and reopen Tuesday.

TRANSPORTATION Most local transportation systems, such as buses, subways, and commuter rail systems, will operate on Sunday or holiday schedules Monday with normal service resuming on Tuesday.  Airports will operate on a normal weekday schedule, although airlines continue to operate on a significantly reduced schedule due to the pandemic.

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