Veterans Day falls on a Saturday this year, which is sure to cause some confusion.
This is one of the few unique holidays tied to a specific day: November 11th. But since it’s also a federal and bank holiday, not sure when it will be a little more difficult to get things done.
Here’s the good news: retail stores generally won’t be affected. With the exception of a few small businesses choosing to honor those who served, most will be open. However, if your to-do list includes visiting a government office or the bank on Friday, it can be much more complicated.
Here you can see who is open and closed on Veterans Day 2023 – both on the actual holiday and on the observed day.
What is Veterans Day?
Originally known as Armistice Day, this holiday is intended to honor those who have died in service to the country and to thank those who have served. It was proclaimed by Woodrow Wilson in 1919 and made a federal holiday in 1938.
The date of November 11th is significant – and there’s a reason we don’t deviate from it. On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, an armistice (or armistice) between the Allied nations and Germany came into effect, signaling the unofficial end of the First World War.
Are banks open on Veterans Day?
No. Since Veterans Day is a federal holiday, most banks are closed.
However, since the holiday falls on a Saturday, the question arises as to whether you will be able to conduct your business on Friday, November 10th. Since most banks have Saturday opening hours, branches are usually open on Friday. However, if you are unsure, it may be wise to call the bank before your visit.
Of course, you can still make online transfers and use ATMs to withdraw cash or deposit money into your account.
Will there be mail delivery on Veterans Day?
Don’t expect anything from the US Postal Service, but UPS and FedEx will continue as usual. In addition, normal opening hours apply to the drop-off points of both delivery services.
Is the stock market open on Veterans Day?
Of course not on November 11th. But the New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq and bond markets are all open on Friday, November 10th. Your next scheduled holiday is Thanksgiving.
Bond markets, which are often closed on Veterans Day, won’t be taking a day off this year.
Are government offices open on Veterans Day?
Federal offices and most, but likely not all, city, county and state offices will remain closed on Friday, November 10th and Saturday, November 11th.
Which retail and grocery stores are closed on Veterans Day?
Almost none of the major retail and restaurant chains are closed on Veterans Day. However, some small businesses could be closed depending on the policies (or service history) of their owners.