While Labor Day is definitely a time for beaching and adventuring and relaxing to the maximum, not everyone is off the grid and on vacation mode. Some of us still need to get things done over the holiday weekend, so knowing what's open on Labor Day 2019 could be the difference between a complete fail in the productivity department or completely win for many. Whether you've got packages to mail, fall clothes to splurge on, or snacks to load up on, you'll want to know what your options are ahead of time. Before you know it, the holiday weekend will be in full swing and all things fall will be waiting on the other end of it.
It's always hard to anticipate what kinds of businesses will be open on three-day weekend holidays. Some stores that you'd think would be closed are not only open, but hosting major blow-out sales. Other stores that you'd assume stayed open no matter what, are completely closed. So here I've done the research for you and made of a list of what you can expect to be open on Labor Day. If you study the list and plan ahead, you should have no trouble getting all of the fun and productivity out of the weekend that you want. Generally, schools, banks, government buildings, and postal services are closed on Labor Day, but retail stores, grocery stores, drug stores, bars, malls and movie theaters are all open for business on Labor Day. Here are a few specific places that are likely on your daily grind that you might be wondering about. Plan ahead and get the most out of your last few vacation days.
You can shop for organic groceries or simply raid the baked a la carte cookie bar freely on Labor Day. No need to stock up on snacks ahead of time.
If you needed a sign that this was the weekend for home improvement, this is it. Home Depot is open all weekend and hosting various sales.
Not only will Target be open, you can expect some epic Labor Day sales, too.
Now is the time to replace big ticket items like appliances or mattresses, so stop by Sears this weekend for up to 40 percent savings.
Does Walmart ever close? It will be open all weekend for all of your last minute Labor Day party needs.
Pets don't take holidays. Petsmart will be open as usual.
Kohl's is running all kinds of end-of-summer sales, so be sure to stop by and take full advantage.
H&M will be running so many sales this holiday weekend, if there was ever a time for a back-to-school fall shopping spree, it's definitely now!
Not only will the store be open, it will be debuting tons of new fall fashions that just arrived.
Get that fried chicken sandwich that everyone's talking about.
Of course McDonald's is open! Labor Day is the perfect time to get yourself a McFlurry or soft serve ice cream cone.
Go on, get the last Frosty of the summer and dip some fries in it for good measure.
The Burger King is definitely serving on Labor Day, what's more they're debuting some new jalapeño sandwiches.
Carvel is open on Labor Day, serving your favorite cones, cups, shakes, sundae's and ice cream cakes all day.
Yes, you can get your juice on all day with regular store hours.
Stock up on party goods, same day, 7-Eleven is totally open.
If it's too hot out to sit in the sun, stay inside and see a movie.
Trader Joe's will be open as usual, serving delish samples as usual so that you don't have to shop hungry.
Spruce up your kitchenware and enjoy some holiday-timed sales, too.
Shop for furniture while Labor Day sales are in action.
Enjoy Starbucks as per usual, and also enjoy their new cold brew that comes with protein powder to give it a little extra POW.
Back to school and back to work sales will be a plenty.
There will be store-wide Labor Day sales to take full advantage of.
Unless otherwise listed on your local parks and recreation government site, beaches are open all weekend, so take full advantage, your beach days are limited!
This article was originally published on August 29, 2018 and was updated on August 28, 2019.