Most government offices and some private businesses will be closed on Memorial Day, which falls on Monday, May 27 this year.
Banks, mail, the stock market and schools are either closed or not in service.
The federal holiday was created to honor soldiers who have died in military service and is observed annually on the last Monday of May. It was recognized as a national holiday by an act of Congress in 1971.
Memorial Day traces its roots to “Decoration Day” — a 19th century U.S. tradition where the graves of Civil War soldiers were decorated at the end of May.
Here’s a look at what will be open and closed Monday:
The United States Postal Service will not deliver mail on Memorial Day. Most UPSand FedEx services will also be closed. FedEx Custom Critical and UPS Express Critical services will remain open; FedEx Office locations will operate on modified hours.
Most banks, including Federal Reserve Banks, will be closed. In most cases, ATMs may still be used for some banking transactions.
Most public schools will be closed to observe the federal holiday, and many private schools will do the same.
Trash pickup will vary. Check with your local provider.
Department of Motor Vehicles offices across the U.S. will be closed.
Courts will not be in session.
Most department stores and retail shops will be open and many will offer sales. Among the notable exceptions: Costco is closed on Memorial Day.
Grocery stores and restaurants
Many grocery stores, restaurants and fast food chains will remain open. Good Housekeeping has compiled a list of major chains that will be open during Memorial Day 2019.
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