Monday holiday: Martin Luther King Jr Day – what’s open, closed


This Monday is Martin Luther King Jr Day, an official holiday in the United States, meaning most Americans will find themselves off work and enjoying a three day weekend. But those looking to use the holiday as an opportunity to get some errands done will find that at least some of the usual weekday institutions are closed for business.

Martin Luther King Jr was actually born on February 15th, 1929. But his birthday is celebrated on the nearest Monday in order to avoid a middle-of-the-week holiday. The civil rights leader would have turn 86 years of age in 2015, but his life was cut shot in 1968 by an assassin’s bullet.

Nearly all banks and government offices will be closed on Martin Luther King Jr Day, as will most businesses which run on a Monday-to-Friday 9-to-5 schedule. However most retail establishments such as stores and restaurants will be open all day. Municipal services like trash collection are decided on a local basis; you’ll have to check with your city government to find out whether those services will be affected.