Celebrations for Passover, Good Friday and Easter Sunday are upon us, which begs the question: What’s still open?
In fact, searches for “Is the post office open on Good Friday?” and “Are banks open on Good Friday in U.S.?” spiked 1,300% and 1,200% on Google, respectively, in the 24 hours leading up to Good Friday. And “restaurants open on Easter” and “What’s open on Easter?” queries spiked 1,200% and 550%, respectively, in the week leading up to the holiday weekend.
Related: Is the stock market open on Good Friday?
It should be noted that Good Friday and Easter Sunday are actually not federal holidays, and therefore, many courts and government-run operations may still be open on Friday. But because Easter falls on a Sunday, which is a day when many business are closed or may operate under reduced hours, one can expect some places to follow holiday hours, if they’re even open at all. Many other non-federal businesses and services may have different hours due to the holidays, as well. So it can get complicated.
What’s open and what’s closed on Good Friday and Easter? Here’s a handy guide.
Stock Market: The U.S. stock market is closed on Good Friday. Bond markets, are also closed, as they operate on a more abbreviated schedule.
Federal government offices and courts: Federal courts, government buildings and offices should be operating normally on Good Friday, because it is not a federal holiday. For Easter Sunday, these same offices will likely be closed because they normally do not operate on the weekend. Reach out to them directly to confirm their hours. But 12 states, including Connecticut, Texas, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Tennessee, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, North Carolina and North Dakota, do recognize Good Friday as a state holiday. So those state courts and offices may have Friday off.
Mail: The United States Postal Service (USPS) is government-run, and therefore is operating normally on Good Friday. Most post office locations are closed on Sundays, and will likely be closed on Easter Sunday, as well — but you can check with your local branch. Similarly, FedEx
locations are open on Good Friday, but because they normally do not operate on Sundays, they may also be closed on Easter. But FedEx Custom Critical and UPS Express Critical services should still be running. And if Amazon
generally delivers on Sundays in your area, then you can expect any deliveries scheduled for Easter Sunday to arrive that day, barring shipping delays.
Grocery stores: Most grocery stores will be open on Good Friday, but may slightly alter their operating hours. Easter Sunday hours are less consistent, and depends on where you shop. Walmart
for example is open on Easter, while Costco
are closed. Stores that are open may have slightly different hours of operation than normal, so its a good idea to check out the hours of your local store.
Restaurants: Many restaurants will be open on Good Friday and Easter — after all, Easter brunch is a holiday tradition for many families. That includes national chains like McDonald’s
but some local restaurants may not be operating on these holidays, or may have altered hours. Check your local eateries to confirm if they have special holiday hours.
Banks: Most banks, including Citibank, Wells Fargo and Bank of America are operating normally on Good Friday. Most bank branches are typically closed on Sundays, and therefore probably won’t be open on Easter. But bank-attached ATM’s should be working normally throughout the holiday weekend. Contact your local branch to verify holiday hours.