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What’s Open on Labor Day 2016?

Sept. 1, 2016
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While you shouldn’t expect local mom-and-pop shops to be open on Labor Day, many chains and big-box stores will operate as normal — which is good news if you plan on indulging in some retail therapy or leisure activities over the weekend.

Here’s a look at what’s open.

Electronics stores

Need a new washer or dryer? Best Buy, which is having a major appliance sale, will be open. Plan to snag some last minute back-to-school gear? Here are a few more places you can visit:

Department and big-box stores

J.C. Penney is not only open for business on Labor Day, it’s having a sale that includes savings of up to 50% on handbags, wallets and home items. Here’s a list of more stores you can visit:

» MORE: What to Buy (and Skip) Over Labor Day Weekend

Apparel and accessories

Labor Day signals the end of summer, which means that some stores will offer the season’s fashions — and maybe even a few fall items — on sale. For example, you can find deals for as little as $5 at Forever 21. Here are some other retailers we recommend checking out:


Besides shopping, there are plenty of other ways you can spend the day. Most large movie theater chains, such as AMC, Regal and Cinemark, will be open. If you’re looking to get outdoors, many zoos and national parks are accessible on Labor Day as well.

Note that public transportation in your area may run on a weekend or holiday schedule.

What’s closed

Sure, there’s a lot you can do on Labor Day, but some errands will have to wait. Banks, libraries, courts, post offices and other government offices will be closed. Costco, UPS and FedEx locations will be shut as well.


Although many major retailers will be open for business, your local store might be an exception, or it might close earlier than normal. Before you make the trip, call and ask for the hours of operation.

And remember, online shopping is always an option. Plenty of retailers will extend in-store sales or offer sales exclusively on their websites.

Lauren Schwahn is a staff writer at NerdWallet, a personal finance website. Email: [email protected]. Twitter: @lauren_schwahn.