Martin Luther King Day 2016 is a federal holiday, but unlike other federal holidays, there are some important differences as to what is open and closed on Monday. While all state and federal offices are closed, mail services and stores are making some changes when it comes to celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
“Despite its increasing popularity, MLK Day still lags behind the six holidays just about all employers give as paid days off: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas,” reports Cleveland on January 16. According to a Bloomberg BNA Holiday Practices Survey, only 37 percent of American employers give their workers the day off.
So what’s closed on Martin Luther King Day 2016?
• All federal offices
• All state offices
• Post offices (and there is no mail delivery)
• Most national parks
• Social Security offices
• Veterans Affairs offices
• Banks (covered by the Federal Reserve Bank)
• Liquor stores in Pennsylvania
• U.S. stock and bond markets (U.S. stock and bond markets are closed Monday for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, but it’s business as usual for markets overseas,” writes Market Watch.
• Trash pick-up (please check with your local trash company to confirm since some companies are delaying their trash pick-up for one day).
So what’s open on Martin Luther King Day 2016?
• Private banks
• Costco (is usually closed on other federal holidays)
• Amazon.com (The online store is processing and shipping orders on MLK Day)
• Stores (some are offering special sales)
• Most libraries (which offer special Martin Luther King Jr. celebratory programs)
• Liquor stores in states other than Pennsylvania
• Hospitals (but some department like pharmacies might be closed or have limited hours)
• Trash pick-up (please check with your local trash company to confirm since some companies are not delaying their trash pickup).
There is a definite trend among businesses to give their employees the day off so they can spend the day honoring Martin Luther King Jr. who was born on January 15, 1929. However, as Cleveland reports, “when MLK Day became a federal holiday nearly three decades ago, even its most ardent supporters questioned whether corporations and other private sector employers would embrace giving employees the day off. Was the country ready to honor a man whose legacy would remind Americans of the United States’ horrific legacy of racial discrimination and the often bloody battles in the fight for equality?”
Another factor coming into play as to what is open or closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day is the timing since MLK Day occurs just after employees already had a lot of time off for the Christmas and New Year holidays. “It is not a matter of whether or not they want to give the day off,” commented Matt Sottong, Bloomberg BNA’s director of surveys and research reports. “It is a matter of whether they can afford it.”
Since there is some uncertainty as to whether a business can or is willing to close its doors in honor of the civil rights leader, it is advisable to check online or make a brief phone call to confirm as to what’s open or closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2016.