For 2017, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day happens on Monday, January 16th. If you’re planning on spending the day shopping or dining out, I have great news: most stores, restaurants, shopping centers, and malls are open on MLK Day. However, some may be operating on holiday schedule with limited or reduced hours of operation. Some businesses are closed on Martin Luther King Day in order to give their employees the day off. Here’s a quick rundown of what is open and what is closed on January 16, 2017:
BANKS are CLOSED on MLK Day.
BARS & CLUBS are OPEN on MLK Day.
BIG BOX STORES are OPEN on MLK Day: Walmart, Costco, Target, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Trader Joe’s, Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, PetSmart, Kohl’s, Belk, Bed Bath & Beyond, Staples, Office Max, Office Depot, Best Buy, Sam’s Club, Academy Sports + Outdoors, etc. Many locations will be holding special Martin Luther King Day sales and promotions!
CASUAL RESTAURANTS are OPEN on MLK Day: Golden Corral, Olive Garden, Applebee’s, Chevy’s, Red Lobster, HuHot, Outback Steakhouse, Longhorn Steakhouse, Logan’s Roadhouse, Texas Roadhouse, Pizza Hut, Montana Mike’s, Lone Star Steakhouse, Buffalo Wild Wings, Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, Perkins, Denny’s, Ryan’s, etc.
CONVENIENCE STORES are OPEN on MLK Day: 7-Eleven, Kwik Trip, Circle K, Kum & Go, Casey’s, QuikTrip, SuperAmerica, Speedway, Raceway, etc. Many locations are open 24 hours, even on holidays.
FAST FOOD RESTAURANTS are OPEN on MLK Day: Arby’s, Hardee’s, McDonald’s, Burger King, Taco Bell, Taco John’s, KFC, Long John Silver’s, Captain D’s, White Castle, Krystal, Carl’s Jr., Jack in the Box, In-N-Out Burger, Popeyes, A&W, Rally’s/Checkers, Wendy’s, etc.
GROCERY STORES are OPEN on MLK Day: Kroger, Publix, Winn-Dixie, Cub Foods, Walmart Neighborhood Market, Food 4 Less, Albertsons, Safeway, Price Chopper, Von’s, Fred Meyer, Food Lion, Gerbes, Dillons, H-E-B., Ingles, Q.F.C., Hy-Vee, Harris Teeter, BI-LO, etc. Some locations may be operating with reduced hours.
GOVERNMENT OFFICES are CLOSED on MLK Day. Nearly all federal, state, county, and city agencies are closed on Martin Luther King Day.
LIQUOR STORES are generally OPEN on MLK Day. However, this may depend on which state and/or city you are located in. Most areas allow alcoholic beverages to be sold on Martin Luther King Day while others prohibit these sales.
MOVIE THEATERS are OPEN on MLK Day: AMC Theaters, Cinemark, Carmike, Regal Theaters, etc. Some theatres have additional holiday show times scheduled for Martin Luther King Day.
PHARMACIES & DRUG STORES are OPEN on MLK Day: Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, etc. These retailers are almost always open. However, the actual pharmacy may be closed or operating reduced hours for the holiday. Pharmacy departments in grocery and big box stores might have varying hours of operation during the Martin Luther King Day holiday.
POST OFFICE (USPS) is CLOSED on MLK Day.
SCHOOLS are generally CLOSED on MLK Day. This includes grade schools, middle schools, high schools, colleges, universities, etc.
SHOPPING MALLS AND MALL ANCHOR STORES are OPEN on MLK Day: JC Penney, Sears, Neiman Marcus, Bergners, Bon-Ton, Boston Store, Carson’s, Herberger’s, Younkers, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Gordmans, Lord & Taylor, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Nordstrom, etc. Many locations will be having Martin Luther King Day sales and special deals!
Of course, these are general rules and there may be exceptions. If you’re not sure, be sure to call your favorite store or restaurant and confirm their holiday hours before leaving home. This avoids unpleasant surprises and unnecessary drives, only to find your favorite shopping or dining place is closed on Martin Luther King Day 2017. Plan ahead, be safe, and have a great holiday weekend!