On Jan. 21, we collectively honor a hero on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This holiday is dedicated to celebrating Dr. King, a social activist and Baptist minister who helped lead the American civil rights movement until his assassination in 1968. He fought for equality and human rights for African-Americans, and his work helped to bing about legislation like the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. Of course, Dr. King was also known for his famous "I Have A Dream" speech, which he gave during the March on Washington and was a call for peace. It may have taken a long time for Martin Luther King Jr. Day to be recognized, but it certainly is now.
This is a federal holiday, and so not everything will be running as usual. You might be wondering what's open on Martin Luther King Jr. Day so you have a head's up on what's going on.
After all, it took a while for this holiday to come about, so you would think that everything would be closed! As MLK Day is an official federal holiday, a lot of people will have off on Jan. 21. According to Time, most banks will be closed (ATMs will be open, though), the stock market is closed, the post office will be closed, and most schools are closed. While a lot of businesses choose to close, not all of them do.
Still, even though it's a federal holiday, you'll find that most stores and restaurants will remain open throughout the day, operating on normal business hours despite the significance of the holiday. This means that any shopping or errands you want to get done will most likely get done. Here are a few of the stores that will be open: