New Year’s Day, January 1, 2016 is a federal holiday and there was once a time when everything closed down, much like Christmas Day, but modern times are spinning a different looking New Year’s Day during the last few decades. It is a day off from work for many and this is a day that people take advantage shopping for the after Christmas sales, or just to run some shopping errands.
When it comes to retail stores and supermarkets, most are open for business and while some may have reduced hours of operation, you can shop almost anywhere just like it is another business day. Although there are three nationwide stores that are closed on New Year’s Day. They are Sam’s Club, Trader Joe’s and Costco. Most of the other stores are opening on this holiday.
According to Mass Live on December 30, you will find business as usual for most government offices, banks, post office and stores on Thursday, December 31, New Year’s Eve day, but many are closing earlier than normal. On New Year’s Day 2016, most federal, state and local government offices are closed. This includes courts and motor vehicle departments.
The U.S. Post Office is closed and there is no mail delivery on New Year’s Day. Regular hours and mail delivery resumes on Saturday, January 2.
Most banks are closed, but because banks aren’t mandated to follow the U.S. federal holiday schedule, you may find some banks open, like the ones inside supermarkets. Many more banks are closed than open on New Year’s Day, so you would want to call ahead if you need to find a bank that is open. Stock markets are also closed on Friday January 1.
Most municipals will not be picking up garbage on Friday, New Year’s Day. Check with your town or city’s website for their garbage pickup schedule for the holiday.
According to Go Banking, many restaurants are open on both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. According to this website, “Chipotle is the only chain closed on New Year’s Day.” It is a good idea to call ahead for a restaurants hours of operation, as some may close early to celebrate New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Some restaurants are requesting reservations for the New Year’s Eve dinner hour so you might want to check with the eatery you are planning to visit for this holiday.
Liquor stores are open in some states and closed in others. In Massachusetts the liquor stores are open on New Year’s Day, but in neighboring Connecticut liquor stores closed. Some states like Maryland have counties that allow liquor sales on holidays and other counties that do not, so the laws vary greatly from state to state and even city to city in some states. You need to check out your state’s liquor control website or simply call your local liquor store to see if they are open on New Year’s Day 2016.
Mass transit schedules for trains and buses may have different hours depending upon where you live. Many will be following holiday schedules on New Year’s Day. Many will add extra buses and trains for New Year’s Eve due to festivities like New York’s MTA. You will need to check with your local public transportation system for their schedule on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
New Year’s Eve brings plenty of DUI checkpoints on the road so make sure you have a designated driver if you plan to partake in spirits! Better yet, utilize the mass transit system in your area if offered. While a taxi ride may cost a few bucks to get home, it is a deal compared to what you will pay in lawyer’s fees, fines, license fees and the list goes on for getting pulled over and registering alcohol over the legal limit!