Is the Stock Market Open or Closed on Easter Monday 2021?

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Investors will find that the Easter holidays 2021 will start early this year, with the markets closed on Good Friday, which falls on April 2. The bond market has closed on Maundy Thursday, in years past, but this year, it will remain open and instead close at noon on Good Friday. But will the stock market open on Easter Monday? The short answer: yes. The stock market will be back to business as usual on Monday, April 5, after the Easter holiday.

Plan your investment schedule for 2021 with a complete list of holidays the stock market closes, plus learn more about why the markets don’t close on Easter Monday:

What Days Are the Stock Markets Closed?

The Dow, Nasdaq, S&P 500, New York Stock Exchange and other indexes all follow a holiday schedule that closely aligns with federal holidays recognized by banks and other financial institutions. The stock markets might also close in observance of important national events, such as the death of a president. When a holiday falls on a weekend, this is the typical rule:

  • If a holiday falls on Saturday, markets close the Friday before.
  • If a holiday falls on Sunday, markets close the following Monday.

Based on this rule, you’d think the stock markets would close on Monday, April 5, because Easter Sunday is the day before. But since Good Friday is such an important part of the Easter holiday, that’s the day indexes have decided to close, making Easter Monday the exception to the rule.

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On What 2021 Holidays Are the Stock Market Closed?

Following Good Friday, the next stock market holiday closure in 2021 will be Monday, May 31, for Memorial Day. Here’s a list of the nine federal holidays the stock market closes every year:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Presidents Day
  • Good Friday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Federal Holiday Closures for Banks and the Stock Market

The following chart lists federal holiday closures for 2021, including stock markets, bond markets and banks:

Holiday Date Banks Stock Market Bond Market
New Year’s Day Fri, Jan 1 Closed Closed Closed
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Mon, Jan 8 Closed Closed Closed
Presidents’ Day Mon, Feb 15 Closed Closed Closed
Maundy Thursday Thu, April 1 Open Open Open
Good Friday Fri, April 2 Open Closed Closes early at noon
Friday before Memorial Day Fri, May 28 Open Open Closes early at 2 p.m.
Memorial Day Mon, May 31 Closed Closed Closed
Friday before Independence Day Fri, July 2 Open Closed Closes early at 2 p.m.
Monday after Independence Day (observing Independence Day) Mon, July 5 Closed Closed Closed
Labor Day Mon, Sep 6 Closed Closed Closed
Columbus Day Mon, Oct 11 Closed Open Closed
Veterans Day Thu, Nov 11 Closed Open Closed
Thanksgiving Day Thu, Nov 25 Closed Closed Closed
Black Friday Fri, Nov 26 May be open Closes early at 1 p.m. Closes early at 2 p.m.
Day before Christmas Eve Thu, Dec 23 Open Open Closes early at 2 p.m.
Christmas Eve (observing Christmas Day) Fri, Dec 24 Open Closed Closed
New Year’s Eve Fr, Dec 31 Open Open Closes early at 2 p.m.

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

About the Author

Cynthia Paez Bowman is a personal finance writer with degrees from American University in international business and journalism. Besides writing about personal finance, she writes about real estate, interior design and architecture. Her work has been featured in MSN, Brex, Freshome, MyMove, Emirates’ Open Skies magazine and more.

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