Labor Day is Monday, Sept. 5, and it’s a federal holiday—but that doesn’t mean major chain stores are closed.
Post offices are closed and mail won’t be delivered Monday. FedEx Express, Ground, Home Delivery and SmartPost as well as UPS are also not delivering on Monday.
All banks are closed on Labor Day. The Federal Reserve and stock markets are also closed.
Schools are also closed for the most part. Hospitals and emergency rooms are usually open.
All courts, from the local to federal level, are shut down.
The department of motor vehicles offices (DMV) are closed for the holiday.
However, most stores are open on Labor Day, including Target, Walmart, Best Buy, Kmart, Kohl’s, and others—some with deals. According to Holidayshoppinghours.com: “BIG BOX STORES are OPEN on Labor Day: Walmart, Kmart, Target, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Trader Joe’s, Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, PetSmart, Kohl’s, Belk, Bed Bath & Beyond, Staples, Office Max, Office Depot, Best Buy, Academy Sports + Outdoors, etc.”
Stores like CVS, Rite Aid, Duane Reade, and Walgreens are also open on Labor Day. Costco is closed.
Most convenience stories like 7-Eleven and Circle K are open.
History of Labor Day
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the day celebrates the “creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”
“The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883,” the website says.
It added: “The character of the Labor Day celebration has undergone a change in recent years, especially in large industrial centers where mass displays and huge parades have proved a problem. This change, however, is more a shift in emphasis and medium of expression. Labor Day addresses by leading union officials, industrialists, educators, clerics and government officials are given wide coverage in newspapers, radio, and television.”