35 Stores Open on Memorial Day This Year

Unlike many other holidays, on Memorial Day most retail stores, restaurants, and shopping spots will actually be open. And these 35 definitely will!

Are stores open on Memorial Day, which falls on Monday, May 31 in 2021? Certainly, many people choose to spend the holiday at barbecues, honoring service members, or with these other Memorial Day activities. But it’s also not as much a huge, family-focused holiday like Thanksgiving, Fourth of July, or religious celebrations like Hanukkah and Christmas—so you might wonder if places are closed to the same extent and if you can spend it shopping or eating at a restaurant.

While Memorial Day is in fact a federal holiday, and places like banks and post offices will be closed, many everyday retailers and restaurants will not. In fact, of course, plenty of Memorial Day stores open have lots of blowout Memorial Day sales! Here are 30 stores open on Memorial Day so you can begin some pre-summer shopping or just stock up on everyday needs. Explore these Memorial Day furniture sales you can take advantage of, too.

Grocery stores open on Memorial Day

Cumberland Farms: Most Cumberland Farms locations will be open.

Kroger: Most Kroger stores will be open. Call your store to confirm whether they’re open.

Publix: Publix will be open regular hours, with most locations opening at 7 a.m.

Stop & Shop: Stores will be open during regular hours.

Whole Foods: Whole Foods locations will be open, but check your specific location for individual store hours.

Keep these tips in mind for how to grocery shop safely during the pandemic.

Gas stations and convenience stores open on Memorial Day

7-Eleven: Most 7-Elevens will be open for their normal 24 hours. Check with your nearby store.

Circle K: Most Circle K locations will be open on May 31.

Dollar General: Dollar General stores will be open.

Dollar Tree: Most Dollar Tree locations will be open on Memorial Day.

Wawa: Most Wawa locations will be open.

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Drugstores open on Memorial Day

CVS: Most CVS locations will be open on Memorial Day. They may have reduced hours, though, with pharmacy hours in particular being reduced, so contact your local store.

Rite Aid: Most Rite Aid stores are among the Memorial Day stores open. They will be open regular hours.

Walgreens: Walgreens locations will be open regular hours on Memorial Day.

Duane Reade: The sister store to Walgreens, Duane Reade follows the same holiday hours and will be open.

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Other retailers open on Memorial Day

Barnes & Noble: Hoping to pick out some new summer reads? Most Barnes & Noble stores will be open for regular hours on Memorial Day.

Home Depot: Head to Home Depot on Memorial Day; it’ll be open for regular hours.

IKEA: IKEA will be open for normal business hours (10 a.m. to 9 p.m.)

Kohl’s: Kohl’s will be open during regular business hours. Those hours vary by store.

Lowe’s: Lowe’s is open on Memorial Day.

Macy’s: Macy’s will be open for regular business hours.

Marshall’s: You can head to Marshall’s during regular hours (usually (9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Mondays) on Memorial Day.

T.J. Maxx: T.J. Maxx operates on the same hours as Marshall’s, and both are open on Memorial Day.

Target: Target will be open normal hours.

Walmart: Walmart will be open during regular business hours, though you should still verify your local store’s hours. Just don’t look for these things Walmart won’t sell anymore.

Restaurants open on Memorial Day

Burger King: Stop by Burger King if you want to celebrate Memorial Day with a Whopper!

Chick-fil-A: They might be closed every Sunday, but most Chick-fil-A locations will be open on Monday, May 31.

Dunkin’: If you need a Dunkin’ fix, fear not—it’ll be open on Memorial Day.

IHOP: IHOP will be open on Memorial Day. Call your location for specific hours.

KFC: KFC hasn’t announced its hours for this year, but last year it was open during regular business hours on Memorial Day.

McDonald’s: McDonald’s will be open on Memorial Day—but if you go, avoid these “polite” habits that McDonald’s employees actually don’t like.

Olive Garden: Olive Garden locations will be open on Memorial Day.

Panda Express: If you’ve got a hankering for Chinese food rather than barbecue food on Memorial Day, you can go to Panda Express during normal operating hours.

Starbucks: Sure enough, you can get your Starbucks coffee fix on Memorial Day.

Taco Bell: Taco Monday, anyone?! Taco Bell locations will be open on Memorial Day.

Wendy’s: Most Wendy’s locations will be open on Memorial Day.

Or, maybe you prefer to stay at home and watch one of these Memorial Day movies.

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Meghan Jones
Meghan Jones is a Staff Writer for RD.com who has been writing since before she could write. She graduated from Marist College with a Bachelor of Arts in English and has been writing for Reader's Digest since 2017. In spring 2017, her creative nonfiction piece "Anticipation" was published in Angles literary magazine.