What Stores Are Open on July Fourth?

American flags for sale in a Megastore.
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Americans are ready to celebrate to the max after missing out on the full extent of Fourth of July festivities the past couple of years due to the pandemic. As such, more and more retailers are making themselves available on the holiday, too.

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Because July Fourth is a federal holiday, you would be right in assuming that banks, schools and post offices are closed on Monday, July 4. The same goes for investment offices, courthouses, Social Security offices, the DMV, lawyers and doctors offices and libraries.

You would also be correct in thinking convenience stores and gas stations will be open on the Fourth. These stores are invariably open every day of the year, including national holidays.

However, what might surprise you is that a good number of retail stores will be open on Independence Day, either with regular hours or modified ones. Also, some larger stores that are open might close sections within their stores (i.e. the pharmacy within a grocery store).

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According to The Pioneer Woman, there is a large amount of grocery stores open on July 4, which makes sense. But as USA Today notes, many clothing, department, home renovation and wholesalers are open as well.

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While more retailers open their doors to take advantage of the celebratory spending mood, there is one conspicuous absence from the list below. As SavingAdvice.com notes, Costco will be closed on July 4 to allow employees to take a break from work and spend some holiday time with their families.

If you fancy a break from eating BBQ and watching parades and fireworks (or just need a pause from family commitments), the following stores will be open for browsing and business.

Discount Stores

Grocery Stores

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Clothing Stores

Sporting Goods and Outdoor Stores

Home, Hardware and Warehouse Stores

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Have a great and safe Independence Day weekend, everyone!

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David Nadelle is a freelance editor and writer based in Ottawa, Canada. After working in the energy industry for 18 years, he decided to change careers in 2016 and concentrate full-time on all aspects of writing. He recently completed a technical communication diploma and holds previous university degrees in journalism, sociology and criminology. David has covered a wide variety of financial and lifestyle topics for numerous publications and has experience copywriting for the retail industry.
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