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New Year's Day 2014: Are liquor stores, banks and post office open or closed?

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What is open and closed in your state on New Year’s Day 2014? New Year’s Day is a federal holiday so it can get confusing when it comes to what is open or closed for this first day of the year nationwide. Most retail and grocery stores are open on New Year's Day. Mass transit is also likely in operation, but with reduced hours, according to the New York Times on Dec. 29.

The stores may have reduced hours, so they may open later than usual and close their doors earlier than their normal Wednesday. Are liquor stores open on New Year's Day in your state? Where do you go to find all the answers? There's a webpage that offers the liquor laws for each state, including which holidays that the liquor stores must remain closed. (Link below).


Most banks are closed, but some may be open inside the supermarkets, so it’s best to check your bank’s website or call ahead to see if they are open on New Year’s Day.

U.S. Post Office

Closed nationwide on New Year's Day. There is no mail delivery on Jan. 1, 2014.

Liquor stores nationwide

Liquor sales are different for each state, so the liquor store holiday closings and hours vary by state. Connecticut liquor stores are open on New Year’s Eve, but closed on New Year’s Day.

Idaho’s liquor stores are open on both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, according to the Idaho Statesman. Liquor stores can open at the owner’s discretion on New Year’s Day in the Washington D.C. area. They are also open for New Year’s Eve, according to the Washington Post.

To find out if your state allows liquor sales on New Year's Day, check the national directory on liquor stores here:

State Alcoholic Beverage or Liquor Control Board Directory

Restaurants and bars: Most restaurants and bars are permitted to sell liquor on New Year’s Day in many states. These businesses may have reduced operating hours on this holiday so it is best to call ahead before heading out. New Year's Eve is one of the biggest holidays for the restaurant and bars across the country, but many require reservations on New Year's Eve.

Mass Transit: Trains and buses in most states are operating on their holiday schedule. Check the online schedule or call your train or bus station for times. The New York Times reports that Metro North is operating on a holiday schedule.

Stock Markets: Financial markets are closed on New Year's Day 2014.



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