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

What is open and closed on MLK Day?

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a federal holiday falling on the third Monday of every January. 

Credit: AP
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. walks between seven-year-old Eva Gracelemon, left, and 10-year-old Aritha Willis as he escorts black school children to formerly all-white schools in Grenada, Miss., Tuesday morning, Sept. 20, 1966.

The day, also celebrating King's birthday, honors his legacy and shines a light on civil rights. Martin Luther King Jr. Day was approved as a federal holiday in 1983. Since then, many individuals and businesses have used to day to give back through public service. 

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Here’s a look at what is open and closed on Jan. 15:

Is the post office open? 

No. The U.S. Postal Service is closed in observance of MLK Day.

Will mail be delivered? 

The U.S. Postal Service will not deliver or send mail today, but FedEx and UPS are both open for normal pickup and delivery.

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 most U.S. exchanges will also close.

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?

It's up to individual states — but no. Department of Motor Vehicles offices across the U.S. are closed, according to USA TODAY research. Some offices, including those in Connecticut, will also close early on Jan. 12 and close Jan. 13.

Are courts open?


Will garbage be picked up on MLK Day?

Check your local service. Waste Management and Republic Services plan to pick up trash as normal.

Clarification: A photo with an earlier version of this article has been updated.