- Veterans Day commemorates former and current military members.
- The 2018 holiday falls on a Sunday, which means banks observe it the following Monday.
- See which banks are closed Nov. 12.
At 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918, the guns of World War I fell silent as the warring parties signed the armistice that would end the most destructive conflict the world had seen at that time. Although the Treaty of Versailles officially ended the Great War in 1919, the world designated Nov. 11 as Armistice Day.
Armistice Day became a federal holiday in the U.S. in 1938. In 1954, after World War I, World War II and the Korean War, it was renamed Veterans Day to honor those who served and continue to serve. Today, banks and other institutions take the day off as a way to celebrate military veterans.
Are Banks Closed on Veterans Day?
Is Veterans Day a bank holiday? Although some financial institutions consider the day a bank holiday, others remain open on Veterans Day.
The Federal Reserve Bank and all of its offices and branches are closed on all federal holidays, including Veterans Day. Private banks, however, can choose to close, remain open or shorten their hours. The vast majority of banks follow the lead of the Federal Reserve and close in observance of Veterans Day.
This year, the event falls on a Sunday, which means the holiday is observed on Monday, Nov. 12. Because most banks are closed on Sunday anyway, use this resource to find out if your financial institution will be closed that day.
Here is a list of banks that are closed on Nov. 12:
- Ameris Bank
- Bank of America
- Bank of the West
- BBVA Compass Bank
- BMO Harris
- Chase Bank
- Fifth Third Bank
- First Citizens Bank
- Great Western Bank
- Huntington State Bank
- M&T Bank
- PNC Bank
- Regions Bank
- Santander Bank
- U.S. Bank
- Union Bank
- Wells Fargo
Banks Open on Veterans Day
A handful of banks will be open on Veterans Day, specifically those inside grocery stores. Customers of the following banks can make in-branch transactions on Nov. 12, as these retail branch locations do not include the date as one of their bank holidays in 2018:
Be sure to call your nearest location of these banks to verify they’re open on the holiday.
Although most banks are closed on Veterans Day, many keep their call centers open to handle customer service needs. Most banks also have mobile apps and online banking options that customers can utilize on federal holidays like Veterans Day. Still, you should keep in mind that Nov. 12, 2018 is not considered a business day for the majority of banks.
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Sean Dennison contributed to the reporting for this article.
Some bank schedules were confirmed through third-party sources, including Banks.org and The Holiday Schedule.