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?
- What Holidays Are the Stock Market Closed 2020?
- Quick Reference Chart of Federal Holiday Closures for Banks and the Stock Market
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.
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
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.
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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