2020 Federal Holiday Dates
- Wednesday, January 1: New Year’s Day
- Monday, January 20: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (3rd Monday in January)
- Monday, February 17: President’s Day aka Washington’s Birthday (3rd Monday in February)
- Monday, May 25: Memorial Day (4th Monday in May)
- Saturday, July 4 (observed July 3): Independence Day
- Monday, September 7: Labor Day 1st Monday in September)
- Monday, October 12: Columbus Day (2nd Monday in October), but in Seattle, known as Indigenous People’s Day
- Wednesday, November 11: Veteran’s Day
- Thursday, November 26: Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday)
- Friday, December 25: Christmas Day
2020 Other Holidays
- Sunday, May 10: Mother’s Day (2nd Sunday in May)
- Sunday, June 21: Father’s Day (3rd Sunday in June)
- Friday, November 27: Black Friday aka Native American Heritage Day (day after Thanksgiving Day)
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What’s open and closed on Christmas Day 2020
Christmas is always December 25. In 2020, Christmas falls on Friday, December 25.
Closed Christmas and New Year’s Day
Just about everything is closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day. There’s too many to list. So, the “Stores open” lists below are more useful. However, here are some “closed” details you may want to know:
Garbage and recycling pickup for most customers in the Puget Sound region will be delayed by one day. When a holiday interrupts pickup service, for the remainder of the week, service will be delayed one day and customers should put their containers out the day following their regularly scheduled pickup day. For example, if your regularly scheduled collection day is Tuesday, put your containers out on Wednesday.
Stores and shopping malls are closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day and most close early on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. But the day after Christmas many stores and malls have extended hours, plus sales discounts on holiday goods. Some love this crowded, hectic tradition. Some are returning gifts.
Movie theaters: While movie theaters (including those at malls) are typically open Christmas and New Year’s Day. Of course, in 2020 they will remain closed. But check out Our big list of movie theaters (live & virtual), which includes a list of virtual movies via local, independent theaters.
Outdoor is open! Rather than staying inside, many people like to head outdoors. Check these out:
- Free trail maps for running or walking
- Popular King County parks for day hikes
- 30 great park trails for kids in the Puget Sound region
- 10 best free outdoor activities year-round
- 7 affordable winter sports on ice and snow
Stores open Christmas and New Year’s Day
Grocery stores that are open on Christmas or New Year’s Day usually have shorter hours and some locations may be closed. Not all stores in the same chain will follow the same hours, but the following are expected to be mostly open, likely with shorter hours:
Other Stores that are open on Christmas and New Year’s Day include convenience stores and pharmacies, though some have reduced hours:
- Circle K convenience stores are mostly open.
- CVS Pharmacy stores are mostly open, though may have reduced hours, even at 24-hour locations (Everett, Lynnwood, Seattle/Queen Anne, Lakewood).
- Rite Aid stores are often open.
- 7-Eleven convenience stores are open, often with long hours, opening early and closing late.
- Walgreens stores are mostly open with reduced hours.
Restaurants open Christmas Day
Restaurants and bars in Washington State are currently closed for dine-in service until mid-December and many do not expect to re-open until sometime next year. But many are open for takeout and delivery. Check our list of restaurants open Christmas Day 2020.
Public Transportation on Christmas and New Years
Public transportation operates on either a Sunday or holiday schedule. For specific route information, here are the links to public transit companies in the Puget Sound region:
- Everett Transit (see: Everett holiday service list)
- Kitsap Transit (No service, see: Kitsap holiday service list)
- Puget Sound ferries (Fall schedule, see: WSDOT ferry schedules)
- Seattle/King County Metro buses (see: Metro holiday service list)
- Community Transit / Snohomish County Transit (see: CT holiday service list)
- Sound Transit / Link light rail and commuter trains (see: Rail holiday service list)
- Tacoma/Pierce County Transit (see: Pierce holiday service list)
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Businesses closed on all national holidays
In addition to Federal holiday closure, these businesses usually close on early on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
Banks and credit unions are closed on all holidays and often have early closure the day before
Government offices are closed on all holidays, including city, county, and state offices, government buildings, court houses, and services such as licensing.
Post Offices are closed and there is no mail delivery. However, access to P.O. boxes is usually open. Private mailbox centers usually follow retail store hours.
Public libraries are closed on holidays. When holidays fall on a Sunday, they may observe a Monday closure.
Recreation centers at public parks including indoor swimming pools are closed on holidays.
Schools are closed.
Businesses closed on a few national holidays
Garbage and recycling pickup: For most customers in the Puget Sound region, there is no garbage pickup on New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. However, garbage service is only delayed by one day. Therefore, if your regular pickup day falls on or after the holiday that week, adjust your pickup day to one day later. On all other holidays, garbage pickup is not adjusted.
Grocery stores are sometimes closed on New Year’s Day, >Thanksgiving, and Christmas, though closures may vary widely even among chain stores. If they are open, they may have adjusted hours, opening later or closing earlier.
Restaurants are sometimes closed on New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, except those located in hotels. Restaurants open on holidays may have special menus or hours.
Retail stores and shopping malls are usually closed on New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
Businesses open most holidays
Grocery stores are open most holidays, except New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, although availability varies widely. Note that hours at chain stores can vary by location and some stores have reduced hours.
Restaurants are open most holidays, except New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. However, restaurants in hotels are often open on all holidays. Restaurants open on holidays may have special menus or hours.
Retail stores and shopping malls are open most holidays, except New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Many stores and malls have special sales and extended hours for most holidays, especially those on 3-day weekends.
Businesses open on all holidays
Movie theaters are usually open on all holidays. In fact, especially on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, going out to a movie is a tradition for many.
Parks and outdoor facilities such as boat ramps are open on all holidays, usually dawn to dusk. This includes city, state, and national parks. However, indoor recreation centers are not open, including swimming pools.
Public transportation usually operates on either a Sunday or holiday schedule, especially commuter routes and services. A few operate on regular schedule and a few also have extended service, such as ferries and busses scheduled to handle extra demand on some three-day weekends or late night July 4th.
2021 National Holiday Dates
- Friday, January 1: New Year’s Day
- Monday, January 18: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (3rd Monday in January)
- Monday, February 15: President’s Day aka Washington’s Birthday (3rd Monday in February)
- Monday, May 31: Memorial Day (4th Monday in May)
- Sunday, July 4: Independence Day
- Monday, July 5: Independence Day (observed)
- Monday, September 6: Labor Day (1st Monday in September)
- Monday, October 11: Indigenous People’s Day, formerly Columbus Day (2nd Monday in October)
- Thursday, November 11: Veteran’s Day
- Thursday, November 25: Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday)
- Friday, December 24: Christmas Day (observed)
- Saturday, December 25: Christmas Day
Thanksgiving Day calendar
The following calendar list includes events and things to do Thanksgiving Weekend.