Memorial Day 2021 is on Monday, May 31.
It’s an American holiday dedicated to honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military, and it is always observed on the last Monday of May. Traditions usually include attending parades and family barbecues.
Originally known as Decoration Day during the Civil War era, Memorial Day became an official federal holiday in 1971.
Here is everything to know about Memorial Day 2021.
Yes. Memorial Day is the fourth federal and state holiday of the year. It is one of several holidays whose date changes each year in accordance with the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. Others include Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents Day, Columbus Day, Labor Day and Veterans Day.
No. United States Postal Service offices will not be open.
There will be no regular mail delivery on Memorial Day.
Most banks will be closed.
The following banks are scheduled to be closed on Memorial Day, according to Banks.org.
Most supermarkets will remain open with regular or reduced hours.
Shoppers should ultimately check with their local supermarket for specific information on opening and closing hours, as it can vary by location.
The following major supermarket chains in New Jersey are scheduled to be open on Memorial Day:
- Acme (7 a.m. – 10 p.m.)
- Aldi (9 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
- BJ’s Wholesale Club (9 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
- Foodtown (varies by store)
- Lidl (8 a.m. to 9 p.m)
- Sam’s Club (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
- ShopRite (varies by store)
- Stop & Shop (6 a.m. – 12 a.m.)
- Target (8 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
- Trader Joe’s (8 a.m. – 9 p.m.)
- Walmart (7 a.m. – 11 p.m.)
- Wegmans (7 a.m. – 12 a.m.)
- Whole Foods (8 a.m. – 9 p.m.)
The following major supermarket chains in New Jersey are scheduled to be closed on Memorial Day:
Note: Shoppers still should ultimately check with their local store in the event hours vary by location.
- Barnes and Noble (9 a.m. – 9 p.m)
- Bed Bath & Beyond (9 a.m. – 9 p.m.)
- CVS (8 a.m. – 10 p.m.)
- Dick’s Sporting Goods (9 a.m. – 9 p.m.)
- Dollar Tree (9 a.m. – 9 p.m.)
- Gap (varies by store)
- Hobby Lobby (9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.)
- Home Depot (6 a.m. – 10 p.m.)
- JCPenney (11 a.m. – 8 p.m.)
- Kohl’s (10 a.m. – 9 p.m.)
- Lowe’s (6 a.m. – 10 p.m.)
- Macy’s (11 a.m. – 8 p.m.)
- Marshalls (9:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
- Michaels (9 a.m. – 9 p.m.)
- Nordstrom (10 a.m. – 9 p.m.)
- Nordstrom Rack (varies by store)
- Old Navy (10 a.m. – 9 p.m.)
- Petco (9 a.m. – 8 p.m.)
- PetSmart (9 a.m. – 9 p.m.)
- Rite Aid (varies by store)
- T.J. Maxx (9:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
- Ulta (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
- Walgreens (varies by store)
- Walmart (7 a.m. – 11 p.m.)
There are plenty of online sales for Memorial Day. Here are just a few:
And here’s a list of sales broken down by specific category:
Most restaurants should be open for dine-in, takeout and delivery. Patrons should check with specific restaurants for exact hours and information.
ThePioneerWoman.com has compiled a list of 25 chain restaurants that will be open.
NJ Transit and SEPTA will have holiday or special services in effect. For NJ Transit, riders should use NJ Transit’s online trip planner to double-check arrival and departure times. PATH will operate on a Saturday schedule.
Online processing of some documents are also available on Motor Vehicle Commission’s website.
The next federal holiday is Independence Day on Sunday, July 4, 2021. (It will be federally observed on July 5.)
For more information about the history of Memorial Day, check out the video below:
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