Is the Stock Market Open or Closed on Easter 2021?
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.
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.
What Holidays Are the Stock Markets Closed in 2021?
The stock market will be closed on Easter Sunday, April 4, just like any other Sunday. In terms of changes to normal operating hours for investors, the bond markets will close early at noon on Good Friday, April 2, and both the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq will also be closed that day.
According to the usual weekend holiday rule, the stock market would normally close the following Monday if a holiday is on a Sunday. But Easter is an exception: The markets will reopen for business on Monday, April 5.
Here’s a list of the nine holidays the stock market observes in 2021:
- New Year’s Day
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- Presidents Day
- Good Friday
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Christmas Eve
Quick Reference Chart of 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 Veterans 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 holiday closures for 2021:
|Holiday||Date||Banks||Stock Market||Bond Market|
|New Year’s Day||Friday, Jan. 1||Closed||Closed||Closed|
|Martin Luther King Jr. Day||Monday, Jan. 18||Closed||Closed||Closed|
|Presidents Day||Monday, Feb. 15||Closed||Closed||Closed|
|Maundy Thursday||Thursday, April 1||Open||Open||Open|
|Good Friday||Friday, April 2||Open||Closed||Closes early at 12 p.m. ET|
|Friday before Memorial Day||Friday, May 28||Open||Open||Closes early at 2 p.m. ET|
|Memorial Day||Monday, May 31||Closed||Closed||Closed|
|Friday before Independence Day||Friday, July 2||Open||Open||Closes early at 2 p.m. ET|
|Independence Day (observed)||Monday, July 5||Closed||Closed||Closed|
|Labor Day||Monday, Sept. 6||Closed||Closed||Closed|
|Columbus Day||Monday, Oct. 11||Closed||Open||Closed|
|Veterans Day||Thursday, Nov. 11||Closed||Open||Closed|
|Thanksgiving||Thursday, Nov. 25||Closed||Closed||Closed|
|Black Friday||Friday, Nov. 26||Open; modified hours in some states||Closes early at 1 p.m. ET||Closes early at 2 p.m. ET|
|Day before Christmas Eve||Thursday, Dec. 23||Open||Open||Closes early at 2 p.m. ET|
|Christmas Eve||Friday, Dec. 24||Open||Closed||Closed|
|Christmas Day||Saturday, Dec. 25||Closed||Closed||Closed|
|New Year’s Eve||Friday, Dec. 31||Open||Open||Closes early at 2 p.m. ET|