Labor Day weekend is of course a time to avoid anything too laborious. It's a time to relax, enjoy the last bits of summer, and pay homage to the history and evolution of America's working forces. Truly, what better way to support the history of the working class than by, well a vacation day? That said, you're not the only one with a day off work, so you'll want to know what's closed on Labor Day 2019, as you might have to do a little preparation before the weekend begins.
While you should be OK with access to food and essentials, as grocery stores, gas stations and pharmacies will be open, government-run offices and organizations will be closed. So, if you have an important package that needs to be somewhere by early next week, make sure mail it before the holiday weekend. Everything from school campuses to bank services will be closed on Monday, so if you're looking for an excuse to push back your errands, you've got it! Other than hanging out, socializing, shopping and eating, there isn't much for you to do on Labor Day, literally. So just enjoy having the excuse of closed businesses while you can!
School is out! All schools across the country are absolutely and completely closed on Labor Day, rejoice!
Head to the bank on Friday before you head out for the holiday weekend. While you'll likely find ATMs that are operating on Labor Day, all banks and financial services will be suspended.
If you've got an important letter to mail or bill to pay, make sure you do it on Friday before the holiday weekend — the post office will definitely be closed on Labor Day.
If you ordered a package through FedEx, you're not going to get it on Labor Day as all postal services are suspended.
If you ordered a package through UPS, you'll have to wait until Tuesday to receive it.
Stock up on beach reads before the holiday weekend, all libraries will be closed on Labor Day. Most libraries will be accepting drop offs, but check with your local branch to be sure.
If you were looking for an excuse to put off going to the DMV, lucky you, it's closed on Labor Day. If you were hoping to get a DMV trip over with on your day off, unfortunately that won't be possible.
Amtrak trains will be running over Labor Day weekend, but they will be operating on a holiday schedule. Make sure you check online before booking tickets, as some lines might be limited.
Most bus companies will be open and running, though many of them will be operating on a holiday schedule. Check your local bus station's website to look out for limited schedules or adjusted fairs.
Whatever business you have at city hall will have to wait until Tuesday, because the government building is closed. Aka, if you were thinking about a last minute Labor Day city hall wedding, you'll have to tie the knot before or after the holiday weekend.
Well this is technically a plus! Parking garages will be unattended, so parking will be free. Additionally, parking meeter maids will not be active, so legal metered parking spots are free on Labor Day too. Alternate side parking will be suspended until midnight.
The stock market will be closed on Labor Day, so if you have any plans of buying or selling, you'll have to wait until Tuesday.
This article was originally published on August 29, 2018 and was updated on August 28, 2019.