Columbus Day And Indigenous People’s Day: What IS Open And What Is Closed?

Oct 9, 2023

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Each year Americans celebrate Indigenous People’s Day as well as Columbus Day on October’s second Monday.

The day intended to recognize and commemorate the legacy and beneficence of all the people who resided in the continent long before Columbus claimed (erroneously) of having “discovered” America.

In 2021 President Joe Biden signed a proclamation that stated that the federal policies have “systematically sought to assimilate and displace Native people and eradicate Native cultures.”

Since then, Indigenous People’s Day has been formally accepted and celebrated all around the country.

Many states celebrate Indigenous People’s Day officially, while others commemorate it in the form of proclamations. North of 100 cities have decided to replace Columbus Day entirely with Indigenous People’s Day.

Children in school and office goers will likely enjoy a long weekend. The question is bound to arise whether some of the essential institutions will remain open or closed.

Mail

For the holiday, the United States Postal Service will remain closed and will not be delivering mail and packages. UPS will be operating

If you still need to get mail out or in, opt for FedEx and UPS, who will stay in business as usual. UPS will be operating fully, but there might be a modified service with FedEx Ground Economy and FedEx Express.

Banks

Monday is a bank holiday for the Federal Reserve. Markets, however, will remain open such as the Nasdaq and the New York Stock Exchange, that will be in business.

Major banks such as Wells Fargo, Bank of America, US Banks, and branches of Citibank will stay closed.

TD Bank and Chase Bank will stay open for the Indigenous People’s Day holiday.

Government Institutions

Because it is a government holiday, government institutions will remain closed, such as teh likes of libraries, offices, DMV, and courts.

RetailBig-scale retailers like Walmart, Target, and Kroger will remain open. Their operating hours may vary according to local business norms.

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