This Friday is Veterans Day, a federal holiday which celebrates and honors both the veterans and active-duty servicemen and women who protect us both at home and abroad every day of the year, and attempts to thank them for all they do.
Because the day is a holiday, several businesses, offices, and other places may have altered hours as a result. Below is a list of expected hours for various places:
National Parks: Almost all National Parks are open and have free events and admission to celebrate the day
Private Businesses: Check with local establishments to see what hours they may have. Some may be closed entirely, operate on a normal schedule, or may have reduced hours.
Restaurants: Expect most chain restaurants to be open and operating with normal hours, and many will also have meal deals for veterans and active-duty personnel as well.
Retail Stores: If you need to do some shopping, all stores, including Costco, Walmart, Target, Kohl's, Macy's, Rite Aid, CVS and more are not only expected to be open, but with normal hours, though you should call individual locations to check. Many are also offering big sales in honor of the holiday.
Transportation Services: While transportation services should be open, the levels of service may be altered to reflect a holiday schedule. Check locally, but some of the more major transit services across the U.S. have the following schedules:
Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA): No changes are expected to service schedules
Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA): Red, Orange, Blue, Green and Silver lines on the subway, Commuter Rail, Buses and Boats will operate on a regular weekday schedule
Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA): No Schedule information is currently available, meaning service is likely to operate on a normal weekday schedule
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA): Metrorail will be open from 5 a.m. until midnight with trains operating at Saturday service intervals, with off-peak fares in effect all day long. Metrobus will also operate on a Saturday supplemental schedule, and MetroAccess service will operate on a regular schedule.
Banks: Most, if not all banks are expected to be closed, though you should check with your specific financial institution to be sure.
Courts: State and local courts are closed.
Department of Motor Vehicles: All DMV offices are closed
Federal Offices: All federal offices (like IRS etc.) are closed
Libraries: Check with your local establishment, but all are expected to be closed on Monday
Municipal Offices: Municipal offices are expected to be closed
Post Office: All U.S. Post Offices are closed, and mail service is suspended for the day
Sanitation Department: Sanitation services and garbage collection is suspended
Schools: All schools are closed
State Offices: State offices should be closed
U.S. Stock Market: Financial markets are closed