If you're wondering what's open and closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you're not alone. Many people expect banks and post offices to be open Christmas Eve Day, but they'll be sadly mistaken when they find out that most banks and stores close early on Tuesday, Dec. 24. According to the Sun Chronicle on Monday, Dec. 23, town and city halls, libraries and post offices will close early on Christmas Eve, so be sure to get to your destinations before they close today.
The Washington Post on Dec. 23, also reported that the post office is closed with no mail delivery on Christmas, as well as most retail stores, banks, and all local, county, state and federal offices, schools and libraries.
U.S. Post Office Closed on Christmas Day
According to the USPS Post Office, there is no mail delivery on Christmas Day, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013 in the United States, except for Priority Express Mail. Christmas Day is also a U.S. federal holiday, all U.S. post offices are closed, not open for business. This includes not only mail delivery to your residence or business, but also local post office lobby hours as well. The post office will reopen, and mail delivery will resume the day after Christmas, Thursday, Dec. 26. See the article Christmas 2013 USPS post office holiday: Mail delivery Christmas Eve and 12/25 for more details.
Are Banks Open on Christmas Day?
Because Christmas Day is a federal holiday, Wednesday, Dec. 25 is also one of many 2013 bank holidays. Most banks will also close early on Christmas Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 24, so be sure to call first to find out your bank's Christmas closing hours. TD Bank Stores is one of the few banks in the country that is open on major holidays. However, TD Bank employees need a break once in a while, so they are closed on Christmas Day this year. TD Bank supermarket stores follows the same holiday schedule as traditional stores. You can always pick up extra cash at your bank's ATM.
Rhode Island DMV Holiday Schedule
Rhode Island Department of Motor Vehicles’ (DMV) offices are closed on Christmas Day. If you missed the DMV today, you'll have to wait until Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 to register cars and renew your licenses. Check here for Rhode Island DMV locations, hours, and schedule of DMV holidays. Call first before you drive out. Remember, the DMV is also closed, not open on New Year's Day, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 as well.
Is Walmart, Best Buy, Target, Kmart Open on Christmas Day?
Unfortunately, no. Most retail stores are closed on Christmas Day, but there may be a few hold outs like convenience stores that are open on Christmas. These stores are open on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, but they all close earlier than normal. Check here Walmart, Target, Kmart and Best Buy Christmas Eve store hours.
Sources: timeanddate.com; about.usps.com; walmart.com; ri.gov
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