Monday Is Labor Day: Here’s What’s Open and What’s Closed

Senior citizens enjoying Jones Beach in New York State

By Anna Breuer on 1 September 2022
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Monday is Labor Day in the United States, a holiday that honors the labor movement in the country, signifies to many the end of summer, and is the last day of a three-day weekend.  It’s also the third Labor Day to take place during the pandemic.

Trade unions first proposed a holiday to recognize the contribution workers have made to the prosperity and well being of the country in the mid-nineteenth century. Oregon was the first state to recognize the holiday, in 1887, and, by the time it became a federal holiday, 30 states had adopted it.

In 1894, President Grover Cleveland signed a law designating the first Monday in September of each year to be Labor Day, a federal holiday.

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.

GOVERNMENT OFFICES All Federal government offices are closed on Monday, 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 Tuesday.

BANKS Financial institutions have the option to close. Almost all will.

SCHOOLS Those that have already reopened will be closed Monday in almost all districts.

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

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 Tuesday. Airports and train stations will remain, of course, open.

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