If you're counting down the days until Memorial Day weekend, I'm pretty confident that it has at least something to do with the fact that you're anticipating some extra hours away from the office. Many workplaces are closed in honor of the occasion, making way for a well-deserved day or two of beach, barbecue, or just being on the couch. Your office isn't the only one closed, though, and you may notice on your day-off travels that certain fixtures of your life aren't running as usual. What's closed on Memorial Day 2018? Spoiler alert: It's mostly finance-related and government-related institutions.
While the closure of some of these things might prove inconvenient, you'll be glad to know that the vast majority of stores and restaurants will be open, at most just cutting back on their hours. According to Saving Advice, most retail, grocery, and drug stores will be doing business as usual — in fact, Memorial Day is prime time for big sales for them! Major chain restaurants are also generally open on the holiday. Smaller, independently-owned eateries are more likely to take a break or change up their schedules, so call before you start choosing what you want from the menu.
These are the institutions and businesses you can count on being closed:
According to Saving Advice, the wholesale club has traditionally closed in observance of Memorial Day. This isn't super convenient if you're hosting a big group of people for a barbecue or picnic, but you should have your pick of standard grocery stores to choose from — and other warehouse clubs should be open as well.
Non-Essential Government Offices
The majority of government offices are closed to honor the memory of fallen service members, per USA Today. Only essential employees — those whose work has a direct impact on human life or protection — will be expected to clock in. Government closures can differ between communities, so check your town or city's Web sites or newspapers if you have questions about how this might affect local happenings more specifically.
If you have booze to buy in advance of a Memorial Day barbecue, don't save that errand until the last minute. According to Travel and Leisure, liquor stores in certain states will close in honor of the occasion. Most grocery stores, however, will keep their lights on, so if you stock your beverages at one of those, you should be in good shape.