Good Friday is April 3, 2015, and many are wondering what stores are open.
It’s not a federal holiday, which means that most businesses and municipal services like schools, the post office, mail delivery, libraries, and more are open. Most major banks are open as well.
Stores like Walmart, Target, Kmart, Kroger, Costco, and others are all open with normal hours.
Easter, which is this Sunday, is obviously a different story, as many establishments will be closed on the day.
However, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Tennessee and Texas all observe Good Friday as a state holiday. That means some businesses and municipal services are closed regionally or hours might be different.
So for most states:
Federal offices: Open Friday
State offices: Open Friday
County courts and offices: Open Friday
Post offices: Open Friday
Banks: Open Friday
Libraries: Open Friday
Also, stock trading has traditionally closed for the day, with some exceptions.
Bond trading will be open until 12 p.m. Eastern time, and electronic trading on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange will be open briefly, giving investors a window until 10:30 Eastern time to trade futures for the S&P 500 stock index and other financial instruments.
Good Friday is one of nine stock market holidays in the U.S. The others are New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
“The Friday before Easter is celebrated by Christians and is referred to as Good Friday. Since it’s a religious holiday, most banks and credit unions keep their doors open for their regular Friday hours. This is a general rule and there can be exceptions depending on where you live. If you plan to visit your bank or credit union on April 3, you should call ahead to confirm they will be open their usual hours,” says SavingAdvice.com