Martin Luther King Jr. Day is observed Monday, January 20, 2014, and many people are wondering what's open and what's closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day? A number of Americans have the day off from work and are wondering is the post office open, and is there mail delivery on Martin Luther King Day? Are the banks and DMV open or closed on Martin Luther King Day, and what events are happening on MLK Day?
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a federal holiday and is always observed on the third Monday in January. This year, Martin Luther King Jr. Day falls on Monday, Jan. 20. According to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management,
"Federal government closings are established by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Generally, when a holiday falls on a non-workday—Saturday or Sunday—the federal government is closed on Monday (if the holiday falls on Sunday) or Friday (if the holiday falls on Saturday). State and local governments, including schools, are not required to follow OPM closure policies and may determined for themselves whether to close or remain open. Likewise, non-government businesses are free to make their own decisions to close or remain open for business, regardless of federal, state or local government closing"s.
Read the article 2014 Federal Holidays: List of 10 U.S. OPM Government holidays, paid days off? for more details.
The U.S. Post Office is Closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day
According to the USPS Post Office, there is no mail delivery on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 in the United States. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is also a U.S. Postal Holiday (USPS), and all U.S. post offices are closed for business. This includes not only mail delivery to your residence or business, but also local post office lobby hours as well. Mail delivery will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 21. Read the article 2014 USPS Post Office Holidays closures list: No mail delivery postal holidays for more information.
Are Banks and the DMV Open on Martin Luther King Jr. Day?
Because Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a federal holiday, Monday, Jan. 20 is also one of many bank holidays this year. Good news for TD Bank customers though! They're one of the banks that are open Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the greater Providence, Rhode Island area. TD Bank stores are open, and while Citizens Bank supermarket lobbies were open on Veteran's Day, their holiday calendar shows that they are closed Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 20. Call first to be sure if your local bank branch is open on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Rhode Island DMV Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Holiday Schedule
The Rhode Island Department of Motor Vehicles’ (DMV) offices are closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Rhode Islanders will have to wait until Tuesday, Jan. 21 to register their cars and renew their licenses. Check here for Rhode Island DMV locations, hours, and schedule of DMV state holidays. Call first before you drive out.
Is Best Buy, Walmart, Target, Kmart Open on Martin Luther King Jr. Day?
Yes they are! Rhode Island Walmart stores are open on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Some are open all day, others open at 7 a.m. Since federal employees, government officials, teachers, and many other employees throughout the state of Rhode Island have Martin Luther King Jr. Day off, Walmart, Target, Best Buy and most retail stores are looking forward to you dropping plenty of money to do some major holiday shopping with them on Martin Luther King Jr. Day!
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Sources: Time and Date; about.usps; Walmart; RI.gov
Photo Credit: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 20, 2014. Post office is closed MLK Day. Martin Luther King Jr. memorial on the National Mall January 15, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)