Is My Bank Open? Bank and Stock Market Holiday Schedules (2019 – 2023)

Have you ever heard of the term bankers’ hours?

If you look it up in Urban Dictionary, it says:

Working or being open for the shortest and most inconvenient amount of time (~10am-4pm). Also includes a long lunch break and every possible holiday off.

For many years, banks had the worst hours. They weren’t open on weekends. They opened after you left for work and closed before you clocked out.

Nowadays it’s not nearly as bad. My brick and mortar bank, Bank of America, is open 9AM-5PM Monday – Thursday, 9AM-6PM on Friday, and 9AM-12PM on Saturday. That’s reasonable.

But the holidays… that’s actually not nearly as bad. Most banks follow the Federal Holiday schedule and that only has ten days. The stock market adds an extra day off (Good Friday) and has a few shortened days.

So the financial industry has wised up. The more they’re open, the more they can make!

So here are the days they are closed:

Bank Holidays

The bank holidays follow the holiday schedule of the Federal Reserve System… and it’s great! Throughout the year, you get 10 days off.

It’s important to know these days even if you won’t be going to a bank. If you plan on making a deposit, transfer, bill pay, or other online bank activity – banks won’t process them on a day they are closed. It seems silly considering a human being probably never gets involved, so computers can still do the work on a “closed day,” but that’s how they’ve chosen to operate.

Also, not every bank (or credit union) follows this holiday schedule. They can opt to be closed for other days or not be closed on days observed by the Federal Reserve system.

Those days are:

  • New Year’s Day – Always January 1st
  • Inauguration Day – Always January 20th (every four years)
  • Martin Luther King Jr Day – Third Monday of January
  • Washington’s Birthday (a.k.a. President’s Day) – Third Monday of February
  • Memorial Day (a.k.a. Decoration Day) – Last Monday in May
  • Independence Day – Always July 4th
  • Labor Day – First Monday in September
  • Columbus Day (a.k.a. Indigenous People’s Day) – Second Monday in October
  • Veterans Day – Always November 11
  • Thanksgiving Day – Fourth Thursday of November
  • Christmas Day – Always December 25th

(Not all banks observe Inauguration day)

If the holiday falls on a Saturday that year, then the holiday is not observed. If the holiday falls on a Sunday, it is observed the following Monday.

Here are the dates for the next five years:

Holiday 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
New Year’s Day Jan 1 Jan 1 Jan 1 Jan 1* Jan 1**
Inauguration Day Jan 20
Martin Luther King Jr Day Jan 21 Jan 20 Jan 18 Jan 17 Jan 16
Washington’s Birthday Feb 18 Feb 17 Feb 15 Feb 21 Feb 20
Memorial Day May 27 May 25 May 31 May 30 May 29
Independence Day July 4 July 4* July 4** July 4 July 4
Labor Day Sept 2 Sept 7 Sept 6 Sept 5 Sept 4
Columbus Day Oct 14 Oct 12 Oct 11 Oct 10 Oct 9
Veterans Day Nov 11 Nov 11 Nov 11 Nov 11 Nov 11*
Thanksgiving Day Nov 28 Nov 26 Nov 25 Nov 24 Nov 23
Christmas Day Dec 25 Dec 25 Dec 25* Dec 25** Dec 25

* The holiday fell on a Saturday so there is no bank holiday.
** The holiday fell on a Sunday so the banks are closed the following Monday.

Stock Market Holidays

The New York Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ follow a similar schedule to the banks but it’s not exactly the same. They observe all the bank holidays except Columbus Day and Veterans Day. They add Good Friday, the Friday preceding Easter Sunday.

They also have a few days where they are closed early at 1 PM – the day before Independence Day, the day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas Eve.

In full, they observe these days:

  • New Year’s Day – Always January 1st
  • Martin Luther King Jr Day – Third Monday of January
  • Washington’s Birthday (a.k.a. President’s Day) – Third Monday of February
  • Good Friday – Friday before Easter Sunday
  • Memorial Day (a.k.a. Decoration Day) – Last Monday in May
  • Independence Day – Always July 4th
  • Labor Day – First Monday in September
  • Thanksgiving Day – Fourth Thursday of November
  • Christmas Day – Always December 25th

https://www.kiplinger.com/article/investing/T038-C000-S001-2019-stock-market-holidays-bond-market-holidays.html

The following just lists the non-bank days:

Holiday 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
New Year’s Day Jan 1 Jan 1 Jan 1 Jan 1* Jan 1**
Inauguration Day Jan 20
Martin Luther King Jr Day Jan 21 Jan 20 Jan 18 Jan 17 Jan 16
Washington’s Birthday Feb 18 Feb 17 Feb 15 Feb 21 Feb 20
Good Friday Apr 19 Apr 10 Apr 2 Apr 15 Apr 7
Memorial Day May 27 May 25 May 31 May 30 May 29
Day before Independence Day July 3 July 3 July 3 July 3 July 3
Independence Day July 4 July 4* July 4** July 4 July 4
Labor Day Sept 2 Sept 7 Sept 6 Sept 5 Sept 4
Thanksgiving Day Nov 28 Nov 26 Nov 25 Nov 24 Nov 23
Day after Thanksgiving Nov 29 Nov 27 Nov 26 Nov 25 Nov 24
Christmas Eve Dec 24 Dec 24 Dec 24 Dec 24 Dec 24
Christmas Day Dec 25 Dec 25 Dec 25* Dec 25** Dec 25

Light green background denotes days the stock market closes at 1 PM Eastern on these days.

Now you know when banks are closed and when the stock market will be closed or closed early!

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Originally posted at https://wallethacks.com/bank-stock-market-holiday-schedule/

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