Memorial Day 2016 – What Is Open? Post Office, Mail Delivery, UPS, FedEx, DMV, Banks Closed?

By Jack Phillips, Epoch Times
May 29, 2016 8:28 pm Last Updated: May 30, 2016 12:44 pm

Memorial Day is Monday, and that means a number of state and federal government services are closed.

State and local courts are closed down.

UPS, FedEx, and the U.S. Postal Service do not operate. Service resumes on Tuesday, May 31.

The DMV is also closed.

All state and local municipal offices are closed.

Garbage pickup and recycling pickup doesn’t operate.

The post office is also closed, and mail service will also be suspended for the holiday.

Elementary schools, high schools, and colleges are closed.

The U.S. stock market is closed.

All major banks are closed for the day.

But big stores Walmart, Target, Macy’s, JC Penney, Best Buy, Home Depot, and more are expected to have some kind of deal or sale. They should be open with normal hours, but like any holiday, check ahead of time.

Costco, however, is closed.

National Parks are mostly open, but you might need to check with individual sites.

State and local courts are closed down.

Here are the banks that are closed:

Bank of America
Bank of the West
BB&T
BBVA Compass Bank
BMO Harris Bank
Capital One Bank
Chase Bank
Citibank
Citizens Bank
Comerica Bank
Fifth Third Bank
First Niagara Bank
HSBC Bank
Huntington Bank
Huntington State Bank
KeyBank
M&T Bank
People’s United Bank
PNC Bank
Regions Bank
Santander Bank
Sovereign Bank
SunTrust Bank
TD Bank
Union Bank
U.S. Bank
Wells Fargo

 

Here’s some history about Memorial Pay, according to the US Department of Veterans Affairs:

“Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.

The first large observance was held that year at Arlington National Cemetery, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.

The ceremonies centered around the mourning-draped veranda of the Arlington mansion, once the home of Gen. Robert E. Lee. Various Washington officials, including Gen. and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant, presided over the ceremonies. After speeches, children from the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Orphan Home and members of the GAR made their way through the cemetery, strewing flowers on both Union and Confederate graves, reciting prayers and singing hymns.”