Easter Sunday falls on April 21, 2019. It’s not a national holiday, but Easter affects the schedule of some businesses. Easter Sunday is a Christian holy day celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion.
Like the Lunar New Year, Easter is calculated as the first Sunday after the first Full Moon occurring on or after the spring equinox (March 20 or 21). Easter Sunday always falls between March 22 and April 25.
- Closed: As they are every Sunday, all government facilities and non-retail businesses or services are closed.
- Closed: Some retail stores and many shopping malls are closed, including Costco, Macy’s, Target, and Simon Malls (Northgate, Tacoma Mall).
- Open: Grocery stores and restaurants are usually open, even those located in shopping malls. Restaurants often have special buffets. Check our list of affordable restaurants for Easter Brunch or Dinner.
Public transportation operates on a weekend or Sunday 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 (see: Kitsap holiday service list)
- Puget Sound ferries (see: ferry schedules by date)
- 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)
More Easter info:
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. But some operate on regular schedule.
2019 National Holiday Dates
- Tuesday, January 1: New Year’s Day
- Monday, January 21: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
- Monday, February 18: President’s Day aka Washington’s Birthday
- Monday, May 27: Memorial Day
- Thursday, July 4: Independence Day
- Monday, September 2: Labor Day
- Monday, October 14: Columbus Day
- Monday, November 11: Veteran’s Day
- Thursday, November 28: Thanksgiving Day
- Friday, November 29: Native American Heritage Day aka Black Friday
- Wednesday, December 25: Christmas Day