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 Wednesday, 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 2021?

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 4:00 p.m. EST, so St. Patrick’s Day will not impact your ability to make trades.

Related: Are Banks Open on St. Patrick’s Day? 

On Which Holidays Does the Stock Market Close in 2021?

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

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Stock Market Holidays 2021
Holiday Date Bond Market NASDAQ NYSE
Good Friday Friday, April 2 Closed Closed Closed
Memorial Day Monday, May 31 Closed Closed Closed
Independence Day Observed Monday, July 5 Closed Closed Closed
Labor Day Monday, Sept. 6 Closed Closed Closed
Columbus Day Monday, Oct. 11 Closed Open Open
Veterans Day Thursday, Nov. 11 Closed Open Open
Thanksgiving Thursday, Nov. 25 Closed Closed Closed
Christmas Observed Friday, Dec. 24 Closed Closed Closed

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 2021
Holiday Date Bond Market NASDAQ NYSE
Maundy Thursday Thursday, April 1 Early close Open normal hours Open normal hours
Friday before Memorial Day Friday, May 28 Early close Open normal hours Open normal hours
Day before Independence Day Observed Friday, July 2 Early close Open normal hours Open normal hours
Day after Thanksgiving Friday, Nov. 26 Early close Early Close Early close
Day Before Christmas Eve Thursday, Dec. 23 Early close Open normal hours Open normal hours
New Year’s Eve Friday, Dec. 31 Early close Open normal hours Open 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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Sean Dennison

Sean joined the GOBankingRates team in 2018, bringing with him several years of experience with both military and collegiate writing and editing experience. Sean’s first foray into writing happened when he enlisted in the Marines, with the occupational specialty of combat correspondent. He covered military affairs both in garrison and internationally when he deployed to Afghanistan. After finishing his enlistment, he completed his BA in English at UC Berkeley, eventually moving to Southern California.

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