Is the Stock Market Open on Easter 2020?

The stock market is closed on Easter since it falls on a Sunday.

Determining if the stock market is open on Easter is easy: Easter always falls on a Sunday, so the stock market will be closed as usual. That doesn’t mean the Easter holidays won’t impact the stock market’s hours, though.

Read on to learn how Easter and other holidays affect stock market hours:

What Days Are the Stock Markets Closed?

The stock market closes on most federal holidays. It might also close following an event of national importance, such as the death of a president. If a federal holiday falls on a weekend, the stock market will close on the nearest weekday before or after the weekend. Here’s the rule of thumb:

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

That rule doesn’t always apply, however — including around the Easter holiday.

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What Holidays Are the Stock Market Closed 2020?

The stock market will be closed on Easter Sunday, April 12, just like any other Sunday. In terms of changes to normal operating hours for investors, the bond markets will close early at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 9, and both the stock and bond markets will be closed on April 10, 2020, for Good Friday. This represents a diversion from the usual weekend holiday rule, in which the stock market would normally close the following Monday. But Easter is an exception: The markets will reopen for business on Monday, April 13.

Here’s a list of the nine federal holidays the stock market observes in 2020:

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

Also See: Are Banks Open Today? See Full List of All Bank Holidays

Quick Reference Chart of Federal Holiday Closures for Banks and the Stock Market

Banks and credit unions follow a similar holiday schedule to that of the stock market. However, banks will close on two days when the stock market doesn’t: Columbus Day and Veteran’s Day. The stock market closes on Good Friday but banking institutions will be open that day.

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Bookmark this quick reference guide of bank and stock market federal holiday closures for 2020:

Stock Market, Bank and Financial Institution 2020 Holiday Closures
Holiday Date Banks Stock Market Bond Market
New Year’s Day Wednesday, Jan. 1 Closed Closed Closed
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday, Jan. 20 Closed Closed Closed
Presidents Day Monday, Feb. 17 Closed Closed Closed
Maundy Thursday Thursday, April 9 Open Open Closes early at 2 p.m. ET
Good Friday Friday, April 10 Open Closed Closed
Friday before Memorial Day Friday, May 22 Open Open Closes early at 2 p.m. ET
Memorial Day Monday, May 25 Closed Closed Closed
Thursday before Independence Day Thursday, July 2 Open Open Closes early at 2 p.m. ET
Friday before Independence Day Friday, July 3 Open Closed Closed
Independence Day Saturday, July 4 Closed Closed Closed
Labor Day Monday, Sept. 7 Closed Closed Closed
Columbus Day Monday,  Oct. 12 Closed Open Closed
Veterans Day Wednesday, Nov. 11 Closed Open Closed
Thanksgiving Thursday, Nov. 26 Closed Closed Closed
Black Friday Friday, Nov. 27 Open; modified hours in some states Closes early at 1 p.m. ET Closes early at 2 p.m. ET
Christmas Eve Thursday, Dec. 24 Open Closes early at 1 p.m. ET Closes early at 2 p.m. ET
Christmas Day Friday, Dec. 25 Closed Closed Closed
New Year’s Eve Thursday, Dec. 31 Open Closes early at 1 p.m. ET Closes early at 2 p.m. ET

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