25 Stores That Are Open on Labor Day

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Looking to shop 'til you drop this Labor Day? Or maybe you just need to pick up a few last-minute items for the weekend barbecue. Here's where you can—and can't.

Labor Day is almost here! While many Americans will be spending Labor Day (which falls on September 6 in 2021) enjoying the outdoors with family and friends, others use the national holiday as a shopping day—after all, there are lots of great Labor Day sales. But not every store is open on the holiday. And if you do go shopping on this day, the meaning of Labor Day is to honor and advocate for America’s workforce, so make sure to be respectful and courteous to those who are working on your day off. Here’s a list of all the Labor Day open stores and services—and a few that are closed—on Labor Day 2021. Since every store can set different hours, it’s best to call your local store before heading out to shop.

Grocery stores open on Labor Day

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.

Trader Joe’s: Most Trader Joe’s locations will be open.

Whole Foods: Needs a few last-minute items for your Labor Day BBQ? Most grocery stores, including Whole Foods, remain open. This year, Whole Foods will be operating during special store hours, 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. Regular Whole Foods’ shoppers will want to know these 13 shopping tips and secrets from Whole Foods employees.

Convenience stores and liquor stores open on Labor Day

Dollar General: Dollar General stores will be open.

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

Liquor stores: Whether you will be able to purchase liquor on Labor Day depends on which state you live in as each state has its own liquor laws, including whether or not stores that sell beer, wine, and/or spirits can be open on the holiday. It’s likely your favorite liquor store (or store that sells liquor) will be open if you live in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, D.C., Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin—all places where liquor sales and distribution are not controlled by the government.

But still, that doesn’t mean you’re out of luck if you live in a different state. For example, in Pennsylvania, you can still buy alcohol on some holidays including Labor Day, though stores close at 5 p.m.; however, in Kansas, stores are closed for Labor Day. Check with your local store before running out on Labor Day, or better yet, stock up on Saturday.

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Drugstores open on Labor Day

CVS: Most CVS locations will be open on Labor 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 Labor Day open stores. They will be open regular hours.

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

Other retailers open on Labor Day

Barnes & Noble: Most Barnes & Noble stores will be open for regular hours on Labor Day.

Gap: Most Gap retail locations, including their outlets, remain open on Labor Day; however, hours may vary depending on the store.

Home Depot: If you are hoping to get some home improvement projects done on Labor Day, you are in luck. Home Depot is offering a ton of Labor Day deals online and their stores are also keeping their doors open. Hours vary depending on your local store.

Kohl’s: Back-to-school season is an incredibly popular time to shop at Kohl’s, so the retailer keeps its doors open on Labor Day.

Lowe’s: Lowe’s is open on Labor Day.

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

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

Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack: Both Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack are popular stores for back-to-school shopping—and both remain open on Labor Day. Check your local store for exact hours.

Sears: Sears stores nationwide are open on Labor Day. They will be open normal business hours. However, many Sears stores closed during the pandemic and some never opened back up, so make sure to call your local store before heading out to shop.

Staples: The nationwide chain is operating normal business hours on Labor Day. Check the store directory before heading out.

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

Target: If you are a last-minute back-to-school shopper, you are totally in luck because Target is open on Labor Day. Most stores will be operating normal business hours—generally 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., though hours may vary depending on location. Before your Target run, be sure to check out our list of the 24 back-to-school essentials most people forget.

Walmart: Walmart is open on Labor Day and stores across the nation will be open during normal business hours—depending on your local store, that could be from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m or all day and night long. Make sure to check your local store hours using the Store Finder feature on their site before heading to Walmart.

Is Costco open on Labor Day?

Is Costco open on Labor Day? Unfortunately for Costco shoppers, no. Costco stores are closed for Labor Day. However, if you have any last-minute back-to-school shopping, you can get it done at the big-box retailer on Sunday, September 5, when they will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Are shopping malls open on Labor Day?

Because so many people are doing last-minute back-to-school shopping on Labor Day, most malls remain open and operate during normal business hours. However, it’s always a good idea to check your local mall’s website before making a trip.

Shipping services

Post offices are closed for Labor Day, as it is a postal holiday. However, if you need to ship something you can still head on over to a FedEx office, where they will be working “modified hours.” UPS is closed for the most part, but its “UPS Critical” service will still be working.

Banks

It’s not unexpected that banks are closed for Labor Day.

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