Are Banks Open on Columbus Day?

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This year, Columbus Day falls on Monday, Oct. 11. Although it has been recognized as a federal holiday since 1971, Columbus Day is still a normal workday for much of the corporate world.

Since the early 1990s, there has been a push to rename the holiday to Indigenous Peoples Day. This proposed change acknowledges the presence of Native Americans before European colonialization and recognizes their history and culture. Today, a growing number of U.S. cities and states celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day in lieu of Columbus Day.

You might want to find out whether your bank will be open for your financial needs. Take a look at this guide to banking on Columbus Day to help you plan ahead.

Are Banks Closed on Columbus Day 2021?

Whether you call it Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples Day, one thing’s for sure: Oct. 11 is still a bank holiday for most banks. To avoid a wasted trip, verify your bank’s hours before heading to a branch. If your bank is not open, you can conduct online banking transactions or visit an ATM.

Banks Open on Columbus Day

Although most banks are closed on Columbus Day, the following banks will be open:

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Banks Closed on Columbus Day

Here’s a look at banks that close in observance of the holiday, so you can plan accordingly. If you bank with one of these financial institutions, you’ll most likely need to wait until Oct. 12 to get to a branch:

Although the regular branches of these banks will be closed Oct. 11, some customer service call centers will be open on Columbus Day — but it depends on the bank. Call your bank before the holiday to find out if you will be able to access your account via phone.

Tips for Banking on Columbus Day

If your bank is closed, you can access your online banking account to check your balance, pay bills or transfer money. ATMs also remain open for the holiday, so you will still have access to your cash. Or you can just do your banking the preceding Friday.

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Schedules are subject to change and may vary by branch.

This article has been updated with additional reporting since its original publication.

About the Author

Sean joined the GOBankingRates team in 2018, bringing with him several years of experience with both military and collegiate writing and editing experience. Sean’s first foray into writing happened when he enlisted in the Marines, with the occupational specialty of combat correspondent. He covered military affairs both in garrison and internationally when he deployed to Afghanistan. After finishing his enlistment, he completed his BA in English at UC Berkeley, eventually moving to Southern California.

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