Is the Stock Market Open on St. Patrick’s Day?

Find out whether you can make stock trades on this holiday.

St. Patrick’s Day might be one of the biggest days of the year in terms of celebrating, but it doesn’t fall under one of the nine trading holidays that the stock market closes. St. Patrick’s Day falls on Tuesday, March 17, and the stock market will be open for business as usual — though you might want to ease up on the festivities if you plan on making high-volume trades.

Read on for a list of holidays that do shut down the stock market.

Is the Stock Market Closed on St. Patrick’s Day 2020?

The short answer: No, the stock market is not closed on St. Patrick’s Day. It will operate during the normal trading hours of 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST, so St. Patrick’s Day will not impact your ability to make trades.

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On Which Holidays Does the Stock Market Close in 2020?

Read this list of upcoming holidays for the rest of the year to find out when the markets are closed.

Stock Market Holidays 2020
HolidayDateBond MarketNASDAQNYSE
Good FridayFriday, April 10ClosedClosedClosed
Memorial DayMonday, May 25ClosedClosedClosed
Independence DayObserved Friday, July 3ClosedClosedClosed
Labor DayMonday, Sept. 7ClosedClosedClosed
Columbus DayMonday, Oct. 12ClosedOpenOpen
Veterans DayWednesday, Nov. 11ClosedOpenOpen
ThanksgivingThursday, Nov. 26ClosedClosedClosed
ChristmasFriday, Dec. 25ClosedClosedClosed

When a federal holiday falls on Saturday — as Independence Day does this year — the stock market closes the preceding Friday. When a holiday falls on Sunday, the market closes the following Monday. The New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ observe the same holidays, though the bond market follows a slightly different schedule.

Following is a list of days when the markets close early. Note that early closure for the NYSE and NASDAQ is 1 p.m., while early closure for the bond market is 2 p.m.

Stock Market Early Closures 2020
HolidayDateBond MarketNASDAQNYSE
Maundy ThursdayThursday, April 9Early closeOpen normal hoursOpen normal hours
Friday before Memorial DayFriday, May 22Early closeOpen normal hoursOpen normal hours
Day before Independence DayObserved Thursday, July 2Early closeOpen normal hoursOpen normal hours
Day after ThanksgivingFriday, Nov. 27Early closeEarly CloseEarly close
Christmas EveThursday, Dec. 24Early closeEarly CloseEarly close
New Year’s EveThursday, Dec. 31Early closeOpen normal hoursOpen normal hours

Judging by these schedules, bonds traders are at a slight disadvantage when it comes to trading because their market closes earlier more often.

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What Other Days Does the Stock Market Close?

In addition to federal holidays, the stock market is closed on weekends. It might also close in the case of national events such as extreme weather or the death of a president. The most recent example of the latter is when the stock market closed on Dec. 5, 2018, following the death of President George H.W. Bush.

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