MLK Day 2019: Here Are the Stores and Businesses That Will Be Open

See if businesses and the post office are open for the holiday.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday, Jan. 21.
  • Although it’s a federal holiday, not everything is closed.
  • However, you can expect institutions such as banks and the Postal Service to halt services.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day falls on Monday, Jan. 21, this year. The federally recognized holiday observes the birth of the eponymous civil rights activist. The Rev. King fought tirelessly for the advancement, recognition and safety of black people before being murdered in 1968.

This federal holiday is meant to be a “day on, not a day off,” but still, many institutions shutter themselves for the day. However, some businesses will remain open.

What’s Open on Martin Luther King Jr. Day?

GOBankingRates has compiled a guide on businesses and services you can expect to remain open on Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2019. Remember to call your local stores to learn if individual locations will be open.

Grocery Stores

Although holidays can impact store hours, it looks like you won’t have to worry too much about grocery shopping on Jan. 21. Costco, for example, doesn’t explicitly list Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a closure. However, this mostly concerns major retailers; your local independent chain store might choose to close that day.

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Like their grocery store counterparts, most major chain restaurants should remain open on MLK Day.

Retail Stores

It’s not the point of the holiday, but the long MLK weekend is surprisingly potent for retailers and shoppers. Although not all locations of these retailers will necessarily be open on Jan. 21, you can expect sales from:

  • American Apparel
  • American Eagle
  • Banana Republic
  • Bed Bath & Beyond
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods
  • Dillard’s
  • Fossil
  • Gap
  • The Home Depot
  • JCPenney
  • Lowe’s
  • Macy’s
  • Michaels
  • Neiman Marcus Last Call
  • Nordstrom Rack
  • Old Navy
  • Overstock
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Target
  • Walmart
  • Zappos
  • Zonkd

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What’s Closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day?

A federal holiday means some crucial services will be temporarily on hold. Here’s what you can expect to be closed on Monday.


You might want to try to send your mail out on Friday. The U.S. Postal Service is suspending mail services on Jan. 21 in observance of the holiday. This also means you might receive mail you were expecting later rather than sooner.

Stock Market

The New York Stock Exchange is closed on Jan. 21, as is the Nasdaq Stock Market.


Because Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a federal holiday, it’s likely that the bank holding your money won’t be open come Jan. 21. Most banks, such as Wells Fargo and TD Bank, are closed on federal holidays.

Click through to find out if banks are open on other holidays like Good Friday.

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