Americans celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day and Columbus Day on the second Monday of October each year.
Aboriginal Day honors the contributions and legacy of the people who lived here long before Christopher Columbus falsely claimed to have discovered the Americas. President Biden signed a proclamation officially recognizing Indigenous Peoples’ Day in 2021, noting that federal policies “systematically seek to assimilate and displace Indigenous peoples and eradicate Indigenous cultures.”
Some states officially celebrate Aboriginal Peoples Day, others commemorate it through proclamations. More than 100 cities have replaced Columbus Day with this holiday.
While many people will be away from school or office work and enjoying the long weekend, some may be wondering what is open and what is closed.
Monday is a Federal Reserve bank holiday. However, the markets will be open – Nasdaq and NYSE will be trading.
Among major U.S. banks, branches of Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Citibank will be closed.
Chase and TD Bank will be open on Indigenous Peoples Day.
As always, you can use online banking or ATM services.
The U.S. Postal Service will be closed and no mail or packages will be delivered.
However, if you need to send mail, UPS and FedEx will mostly be operating as normal. FedEx Express and FedEx Ground Economy will adjust services. UPS will be fully operational.
Most large retailers such as Target, Walmart and Kroger will remain open. Be sure to check with local businesses for their hours of operation.
Since this is a government holiday, government buildings will be closed – think DMV, libraries, courthouses and offices.