27 Stores That Are Open on Labor Day 2023

Looking to shop till you drop? 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) shop on Labor Day.

If you’re wondering, When is Labor Day?—it’s almost here! While many Americans will be spending Labor Day (which falls on Sept. 4 in 2023) enjoying the outdoors with family and friends on weekend getaways, 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—in fact, the holiday’s purpose is to honor and advocate for America’s workforce, so if you do go shopping on your day off, make sure to be respectful and courteous to those who are working.

Here’s a list of all the services and stores open on Labor Day this year—and a few that are closed. Since every store can set different hours, it’s best to call your local stores before heading out to shop. For more Labor Day fun, check out these Labor Day furniture sales and restaurants open on Labor Day.

Grocery stores open on Labor Day

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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: Whole Foods will be operating during regular hours, and Whole Foods shoppers will want to know these shopping tips and secrets from Whole Foods employees.

Convenience stores and liquor stores open on Labor Day

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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 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, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, D.C., 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. In Kansas, however, stores are closed for Labor Day. Check with your local store before running out on Labor Day, or better yet, stock up on Saturday.

Drugstores open on Labor Day

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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 open during regular hours on Labor Day.

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

Other retailers open on Labor Day

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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’re hoping to get some home-improvement projects done on Labor Day, you’re in luck. Home Depot is offering a ton of Labor Day appliance sales, and their stores are also keeping their doors open. Hours may vary depending on your local store.

IKEA: Most IKEA locations will be open during regular hours on Labor Day.

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.

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.

Staples: The nationwide chain is operating normal business hours on Labor Day.

Target: Are you a last-minute back-to-school shopper wondering, Is Target open on Labor Day? Well, you’re in luck. 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 back-to-school essentials most people forget.

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

Walmart: Walmart is open on Labor Day during normal business hours—depending on your local store, that could be from 6 a.m. to 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. While you’re there, check out these Labor Day mattress sales.

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 shopping to do, you can get it done at the big-box retailer on Sunday, Sept. 3, when they will be open during regular hours.

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 or call ahead 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 to a FedEx office, where they will be working “modified hours.” UPS is closed for the most part, but its UPS Express Critical service will still be available.


It’s no surprise that banks are closed for Labor Day, as it’s a federal holiday.


Leah Groth
Leah Groth covers everything from cleaning hacks and consumer products to travel and pets for Reader’s Digest. When she isn’t working on a piece, you’ll find her chasing after her four children (two humans, a Vizsla and a German Shorthaired Pointer) or working on her 100-plus-year-old home outside Philadelphia.