Is the Stock Market Open or Closed on Good Friday 2021?

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Investors rarely take a day off, even if they sometimes need to. But with Easter coming up, some might wonder how that will affect the stock market. The short answer is: The stock market will be closed on April 2, 2021 for Good Friday. In addition, the bond markets will close early at noon on Good Friday and will also remain open on Maundy Thursday–a significant change from 2020.

Here’s what else you need to know, including a handy chart of stock market closures for 2021:

On What 2021 Holidays Are the Stock Market Closed?

Similar to the schedule of most businesses, the stock market is open for trading only on normal business days – Monday through Friday, excluding major holidays. The stock market, including indexes such as the S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrial Average, New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ will all be closed on Good Friday 2021.

The next closure after Good Friday will be on Monday, May 31 for Memorial Day, with an early closure at 2 p.m. by the bond markets the previous Friday. Here’s a list of the nine holidays the stock market will close in 2021:

  • New Year’s Day: Jan. 1
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Jan. 18
  • Presidents’ Day: Feb. 15
  • Good Friday: April 2
  • Memorial Day: May 31
  • Independence Day: July 5 (observed July 4)
  • Labor Day: Sept. 6
  • Thanksgiving Day: Nov. 26
  • Christmas Day: Dec. 24 (observed Dec. 25)

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What Days Are the Stock Markets Closed?

In addition to the holidays mentioned above, the stock markets sometimes close for events of significant national interest. That last happened in 2020 following the COVID-19 pandemic, when the NYSE temporarily shut down physical trading in March after two people tested positive.

If a holiday falls on a weekend, the stock market will close either on the Friday before or Monday after. Here’s a rule you can follow:

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

Do Banks Close On the Same Days as the Stock Market?

The bank holiday schedule is similar to that of the stock market, and includes the same rule for weekends. If the holiday falls on a Saturday, the bank will close the preceding Friday. If the holiday falls on a Sunday, the bank will close the following Monday.

Save this quick reference chart that details which holidays that banks, bond markets and stock markets are closed in 2021:

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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