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What is open and closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day?

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a federal holiday falling on the third Monday of every January.The day, also celebrating King’s birthday, honors his legacy and shines a light on civil rights. King was assassinated inApril 1968 on a motel balcony in Memphis.

On Nov. 3, 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill marking the third Monday of every JanuaryasMartin Luther KingJr.Day. King was born on January 15, 1929. The holiday was approved as a federal holiday in 1983, becoming thefirst federal holiday honoring an African American.

Since then, many individuals and businesses have used the day to give back through public service.

Is the post office open? Will packages be delivered?

The U.S. Postal Service is closed in observance of MLK Day. UPS will remain open. FedEx will be operational, with modified service toFedEx Express andFedEx SmartPost.

Is the bank open?

Most likely not. Federal Reserve BanksTD Bank and Wells Fargo are among many banks nationwide that will be closed. Most ATMs and customer support centers will still be operational.

Is the stock market open?

The New York Stock Exchange is closed and mostU.S. exchanges will also close.

Are schools in session?

Most schools will be closed.

Are grocery stores open?

Yes, most are open.

Are retail stores open?

Yes, most are open and some offer sales on the holiday.

Is the DMV open?

Most Department of Motor Vehicles offices across the U.S. will beclosed.

Are courts open?


Will garbage be picked up on MLK Day?

Check your local service.

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