What’s Open, What’s Closed Columbus Day 2012?

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What’s open and what’s closed on Columbus Day 2012? The Federal holiday lands on Monday, October 8 and many are wondering if banks are open, if there is mail delivery and if the stock market is open on Columbus Day.

If you are planning on shopping the sales on the holiday, you will find Target, Walmart, supermarkets and most malls open for business.

All municipal and Federal buildings are closed on Columbus Day, so there is no mail delivery and places like the DMV or your local Social Security office will not be open on Monday. Schools and libraries are closed, but if you need to keep an eye on your investments, the stock market is open on Monday.

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Here’s the list of what is open and closed across the nation on Columbus Day 2012:

  • Retail stores: Most stores are open normal business hours, but it’s always safe to check.
  • Liquor stores: Most liquor stores are open normal business hours. Small local stores may have limited hours. Call ahead.
  • Banks: Most banks are closed, but ATMs and on-line banking are an option. Some banks have branches in grocery stores that may be operating on a Sunday schedule.
  • Mail delivery: No mail delivery in the United States. All U.S. Post Offices are closed for the Federal holiday.
  • Supermarkets – Open. Some are open until 6pm, others are keeping their doors open regular hours.
  • Restaurants – Open
  • State offices – closed
  • Municipal offices – closed
  • Schools – closed
  • Libraries – closed
  • Stock market – open
  • Federal offices – closed

Wondering what the next Federal holiday is?

The 2012 Federal holidays are:

  • Monday, January 2 – New Year’s Day
  • Monday, January 16 – Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Monday, February 20 – Washington’s Birthday
  • Monday, May 28 – Memorial Day
  • Wednesday, July 4 – Independence Day
  • Monday, September 3 – Labor Day
  • Monday, October 8 – Columbus Day
  • Monday, November 12 – Veterans Day
  • Thursday, November 22 – Thanksgiving Day
  • Tuesday, December 25 – Christmas Day

Most Federal employees work on a Monday through Friday schedule. When a holiday falls on a non-workday (Saturday or Sunday), the holiday is usually observed on Monday (if the holiday falls on Sunday) or Friday (if the holiday falls on Saturday).

While the stock market is open on Columbus Day, it is closed on the following Federal holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

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