The third Monday of January is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which means that this year we'll celebrate the federal holiday on Jan. 21. While it might be clear what's open on the holiday — thanks to retail sale signs circulating aplenty — it might not be as clear what isn't open. Though most of the places closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day are federal institutions, other businesses and organizations are allowed to decide whether or not they stay open. This essentially means that figuring out what is and is not open is not at all intuitive. So to make your day off a bit easier to navigate, I've made a list of everything you can expect to be closed.
On such an important day, you'll want to be able to plan ahead. Whether you're spending the whole day commemorating and honoring Dr. King's life and work by going to a parade, a town gathering, or just observing at home, you'll want to know what businesses will be open should you need gas, groceries, medicine, supplies or more. Here's all the information about what will not be open for you on MLK Jr. Day, so if you need any of these services, plan ahead.