The Fourth of July, or Independence Day, is this Monday, July 4, 2016.
CVS is open. Check hours.
Rite Aid is open. Check hours.
Walgreens is also open. Check hours.
Duane Reade is open. Check hours.
Good Neighbor Pharmacy is also likely open, but check hours.
Meanwhile, big box stores like Walmart and Target, are also open, but Costco is closed.
State and local courts are closed for July 4.
UPS, FedEx, and the U.S. Postal Service do not operate. Service resumes on Tuesday, July 5.
The DMV is also 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.
Albertson’s is open, but some locations might vary on their hours, with some stores closing at 4 p.m.; check hours.
Home Depot is open July 4.
Here are the banks that are closed, which are essentially all of them, as July 4 is a Federal Reserve bank holiday:
Bank of America
Bank of the West
BBVA Compass Bank
BMO Harris Bank
Capital One Bank
Fifth Third Bank
First Niagara Bank
Huntington State Bank
People’s United Bank
History of Independence Day
On July 4, 1776, the thirteen original U.S. colonies declared their independence from England, leading to the formation of the United States.
On July 1, 1776, the Continental Congress reconvened, and on the next day, the Lee Resolution for independence was adopted by 12 of the 13 original colonies, with New York not voting.
After discussions of Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence, there were minor changes and for the next two days, the process of revising it took place. On July 4, the Declaration was adopted by the colonies.
The original copy of the Declaration is now housed in the National Archives, located Washington, D.C., July 4 has been designated a national holiday to commemorate the day the U.S. declared itself to be independent from England.
However, John Adams, the second president, said that July 2 was the actual day Americans should celebrate Independence Day.
He would “reportedly turn down invitations to appear at July 4th events in protest. Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826–the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence,” according to History.com.
In 1941, July 4 became a national holiday for federal employees.