New Year's Eve has finally arrived. If you're wondering what's open and what's closed today on New Year's Eve, Dec. 31, 2013, and New Year's Day, Jan. 1, 2014, you're not alone. Most customers expect stores, banks and post offices to be open New Year's Eve Day, but they'll be disappointed to find out that many of them close early on Tuesday, Dec. 31, some as early as noon. According to The Sun Chronicle on Monday, Dec. 30, town and city halls, libraries, banks and post offices will close early on New Year's Eve, so be sure to get to your destinations before they lock the doors.
The Washington Post on Monday, Dec. 30, also reported that the post office is closed with no mail delivery on New Year's Day, as well as most banks, and all local, county, state and federal offices, schools and libraries and the Stock Market. New Year's Eve and New Year's Day liquor stores hours are up for grabs depending on their locations.
U.S. Post Office Closed on New Year's Day
According to the USPS Post Office, local post offices will close early on New Year's Eve, Dec. 31, generally at noon. There is also no mail delivery on New Year's Day, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 in the United States except for Priority Express Mail. Since New Year's 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 New Year's Day, Thursday, Jan. 2. See the article 2014 USPS post office holiday New Year's Day: Not open, no mail delivery Jan. 1 for more details.
Are Banks Open on New Year's Day?
Because New Year's Day is a federal holiday, Wednesday, Jan. 1 is also one of many 2014 bank holidays. Most banks will also close early on New Year's Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 31, so be sure to call first to find out your bank's New Year's Eve bank closing hours. TD Bank Stores is one of the few banks in the country that is open on most major holidays. However, TD Bank officials claim their employees need a break once in a while, so they are closed on New Year's Day, Jan. 1, 2014. TD Bank supermarket stores follows the same holiday schedule as traditional stores. You can always pick up extra cash at your bank's ATM.
Good news for Washington Trust Bank customers though. Certain Washington Trust's McQuade's supermarket branch locations will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the holiday. See the article New Year's Day 2014 Bank holiday: Are banks closed or open New Year's Eve 12/31, New Year's Day Day 1/1? for more information.
Rhode Island DMV Holiday Schedule
Rhode Island Department of Motor Vehicles’ (DMV) offices are closed on New Year's Day. If you miss the DMV today, Dec. 31, you'll have to wait until Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 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.
Is Walmart, Best Buy, Target, Kmart Open on New Year's Day?
YES! Many retail stores are open on New Year's Day, but they may only be open limited hours. These stores are open on New Year's Eve, Dec. 31, but most close earlier than normal. All Rhode Island Walmart stores are open New Year's Eve with some closing at 8 p.m., others closing at 10 p.m., with 24-hour Walmart stores open straight through the holiday. Walmart stores not open 24 hours will generally open at 7 a.m. New Year's Day, Jan. 1 and may stay open until regular closing time.
Best Buy will close at 7 p.m. New Year's Eve, Dec. 31, and will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. New Year's Day in Warwick, R.I.
Target will close at 9 p.m. New Year's Eve, Dec. 31, and will be open until 10 p.m. New Year's Day in Warwick, R.I.
Kmart will close at 7 p.m. New Year's Eve, Dec. 31, and will be open New Year's Day in Warwick, R.I.
Macy's will close at 7 p.m. New Year's Eve, Dec. 31, in Warwick, R.I., and vary from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. closings at other Macy's locations. Macy's will also be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. New Year's Day in Warwick.
Toys R Us will close at 9 p.m. New Year's Eve, Dec. 31, in Warwick, R.I., and vary from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. closings at other Toys R Us locations. Toys R Us will be closed New Year's Day.
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Sources: Washington Post; The Sun Chronicle; timeanddate.com; about.usps.com; walmart.com; ri.gov
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