The Margin: Veterans Day 2023: Are banks closed on Friday? Will mail be delivered? Are schools open?


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An earlier version of this report inaccurately characterized the U.S. bond market’s hours on Friday. It is open.

There are plenty of closures to be aware of this Veterans Day. But when is the holiday being observed, exactly? 

It’s a question spurring plenty of Google searches. Saturday, Nov. 11, marks Veterans Day, a federal holiday in which Americans recognize those who have served in the U.S. armed forces. And because that famous date — the World War I armistice was signed at 11:11 on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 — falls on a Saturday, the federal holiday is being observed on Friday, Nov. 10, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

In some instances, businesses and offices will have revised operating hours on Friday as well as on Saturday. So if you’re wondering whether banks, post offices, federal offices or the stock market will be running as usual on Friday, MarketWatch has you covered.

And note that everything should be operating as usual on Monday. 

So here’s what you need to know.

Is the stock market open on Veterans Day?

No, the U.S. stock markets, including the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq, will not be open on the actual Veterans Day because it falls on a Saturday. But the NYSE and the Nasdaq will indeed follow a regular schedule on Friday, the day before Veterans Day, even as a federal holiday is marked.

The U.S. bond market, which may be poised for a big comeback next year if yields continue to fall, will be open Friday and closed Saturday, as usual.

Will banks be open on Veterans Day?

Banks remain open the Friday before Veterans Day, but some may have modified hours, so check with your local branch to be sure.

But, no, most banks will not be open on Veterans Day itself. Federal Reserve banks and their branches will close on Saturday, as nearly all banks follow the Fed’s holiday schedule.

Bank ATMs should continue to operate as normal, and digital banking features like fund transfers and check deposits will still be available online or via your bank’s app.

Will the United States Postal Service deliver mail on Veterans Day?

No, post offices will be closed on Saturday, and there will be no regular mail or package deliveries.

Some USPS services may still be available online, however, such as the ability to order stamps, boxes and other mail supplies, as well as print shipping labels or schedule package pickups for after the holiday. Customers looking for those services need a account.

Post offices will be open the Friday before Veterans Day, but some locations may operate on modified hours.

Are UPS and FedEx open on Veterans Day?

Yes, FedEx Office
and UPS Store
bricks-and-mortar locations will operate normally on both the Friday before the holiday and on Saturday. Some shipping services, including FedEx Express and FedEx Ground Economy, may have modified services.

Are schools open for Veterans Day?

There are some school closures due to Veterans Day, but they vary by region and school district and individual institution. For example, New York students don’t have the Friday before Veterans Day off from school, while students in California will have Friday off. Be sure to check.

Holiday observances for schools also vary for private institutions versus public schools, so be sure to check with your school’s administration office to be sure.

Is the DMV open on Veterans Day?

Whether state motor-vehicle service locations will be open or not also varies by state. New Jersey’s department of motor vehicle offices will be closed the Friday before Veterans Day, while most Pennsylvania DMV offices will remain open. So check with your local DMV.

What other federal government services could be impacted?

Federal offices for the U.S. Department of Education will be closed, as well as many of the Federal Student Aid processors and customer contact centers, the department’s website states. Some process centers that will remain open on the Friday before the holiday include ECSI Federal Perkins Loan Servicer and Nelnet.

Federal Student Aid websites will remain operational throughout the holiday, meaning borrowers can still make payments online.

What about stores and restaurants?

Most retail, chain restaurants and grocery stores should be open for normal hours and services on Friday and Saturday.

Some retailers have made federal holidays company holiday, as well — as Target
and Nike
did for Juneteenth — but most retailers appear set to operate as normal. Check with your local shops and even chain stores to be sure.

Several big-box retailers including Target will not only be open but will also offer discounts or deals to veterans and active-duty military service members. In addition, Walmart
has created an online shopping tab that highlights veteran-owned brands for shoppers.

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