Is the Stock Market Open or Closed on Easter 2021?

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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.

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.

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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

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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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