Thanksgiving is celebrated every year on the fourth Thursday of November, which is Nov. 28 this year. Though Thanksgiving takes its roots from America’s history of colonialization, the holiday in its modern form celebrates family, food and togetherness. That means a lot of meal prepping and logistics for your Thanksgiving dinner. Which, inevitably, will mean money being spent.
But you’ll be out of luck if you need to run to the bank for whatever reason. Thanksgiving is a federal holiday, which means financial institutions shutter their doors in order to let their employees celebrate. While ATMs will be available, more complicated transactions will be unavailable. GOBankingRates suggests you get your banking done early to save yourself the trouble.
- Are Banks Open on Thanksgiving?
- Are Banks Closed on Thanksgiving Day?
- Banks Open on Thanksgiving Day 2019
- 2019 Bank Holidays
Thanksgiving is one of the last 2019 bank holidays, meaning that banks are not typically open for business. It’s also one of 10 federal holidays for which numerous organizations — such as schools, government offices and businesses — are closed for the day. This means that the majority of American workers have Thanksgiving off.
Although Thanksgiving is a bank holiday, customers can still access their online accounts, and they might even be able to get customer service over the phone. Check out GOBankingRates’ list of major banks that will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and plan ahead so that your banking needs are handled before it’s time to cook the turkey.
The next day, Friday, Nov. 29, will see business operations resume as normal. Good thing, too — the Friday after Thanksgiving is Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping holidays of the year.
Are banks closed on Thanksgiving? GOBankingRates contacted a number of banks — including several that made the Best Banks of 2019 list — to find out which banks are open on Thanksgiving day. However, the unanimous answer was ‘we will be closed’. No banks will open, meaning customers won’t be able to fulfill their banking needs in person. Luckily, many transactions, deposits and other banking needs can be completed easily and quickly online.
Here’s a list of banks that are closed on Turkey Day:
- American National Bank
- Ameris Bank
- Bank of America
- Bank of the West
- BBVA Bank
- BMO Harris
- Capital One
- Chase Bank
- Chemical Bank
- Citizens Bank
- Commerce Bank
- Eastern Bank
- Fifth Third Bank
- First Citizens Bank
- Frost Bank
- Great Western Bank
- Huntington State Bank
- M&T Bank
- PNC Bank
- Regions Bank
- Santander Bank
- Signature Bank
- Silicon Valley Bank
- SunTrust Bank
- Synovus Bank
- U.S. Bank
- Union Bank
- United Bank
- Wells Fargo
- Zions Bank
Are banks open on Thanksgiving? None of the banks GOBankingRates contacted or researched will have standalone branches open on Thanksgiving, but customer service lines and online banking options are still available. It’s always best to contact your particular branch before making a visit on any holiday, especially Thanksgiving.
Fortunately, most major banks return to their regular schedules the day after Thanksgiving, meaning customers won’t have to wait too long before completing their banking needs — which bodes well for Black Friday shopping.
Find Out: Are Banks Open on Black Friday?
There’s just one bank holiday left in 2019 — Christmas, which falls on Wednesday, Dec. 25. But it’s followed by two more in January:
- New Year’s Day: Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2020
- Martin Luther King’s Day: Monday, Jan. 21, 2020
It’s never too early to get a jump on next year, so GoBankingRates looked ahead to 2020 and beyond while compiling this complete list of bank holidays.
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Sean Dennison contributed to the reporting for this article.