Wondering what is open and what is closed on Independence Day? You’re not alone! Here’s a quick list of what is open and closed on the 4th of July: Thursday, July 4, 2013:
Most government offices will be closed. Federal, state, county, and city offices will be closed. Post offices will be closed and mail will not be delivered on Independence Day. Express Mail will be delivered in larger cities, however. Most public buildings such as libraries are closed or may be open only for limited hours.
Most banks will be closed.
Stock markets will be closed.
DMV offices and drivers license bureaus will be closed.
Most public and private schools will be closed. This includes primary schools, high schools, colleges, and universities.
Most UPS Stores will be closed. UPS observes the Independence Day holiday, so there will be no pickups or deliveries on July 4.
Most shopping malls and shopping centers will be open, although some may have special hours of operation (open late and/or close early.) Several stores will be featuring Independence Day sales with discounts, special promotions, and coupon deals.
Most supermarkets, grocery stores, and “big box” stores will be open normal hours.
Nearly all movie theaters and cinemas are open. July 4 is a huge movie day. Many theatres and cineplexes offer additional early and/or late showings on this day.
Liquor stores may or may not be open. State and local laws regarding the sale of alcoholic beverages (liquor, beer, and wine) on July 4 and other holidays vary by location.
Recreation centers may or may not be open.
Some stores will open late and/or close early on the 4th of July, so be sure to call ahead and confirm hours of operation before heading out.
Trash and garbage collection will proceed on holiday schedule in most areas.
Parking meters are not enforced on Independence Day in many areas.
Most bars and restaurants will be open normal hours.
Buses, trains, subways, and other public transportation will run, but some locations will be on holiday schedule.
In summary, some private businesses observe Independence Day with special hours of operation or close for the holiday while others do not. Government entities are nearly always closed on the 4th of July.
Enjoy the holiday and the unofficial “middle of summer.” Independence Day only comes once per year. For 2013, it happens on Thursday, July 4.