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
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What’s closed and open Indigenous People’s Day 2020 (aka Columbus Day)
In 2014, the Seattle City Council unanimously voted to change “Columbus Day” to Indigenous Peoples’ Day, celebrated the second Monday in October. Washington State recognizes the day after Thanksgiving as Native American Heritage Day and does not recognize Columbus Day.
- October 12, 2020. Indigenous People’s Day (City of Seattle and other locations)
- November 27, 2020. Native American Heritage Day (Washington State)
Closed: All federal government offices. Post offices are closed and there is no mail delivery.
Open: Most businesses, retail stores, shopping malls, grocery stores, drug stores, gas stations, restaurants, movie theaters, parks (including swimming pools and community centers), and golf courses are open. Garbage collection is normal. Street parking must be paid!
Public transportation. Fares were suspended in spring, but all systems resume fare collection over the summer. Most public transportation operates on a regular 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)
About Indigenous People’s Day
The name change from Columbus Day is intended to acknowledge that Native Americans were living in North America long before Christopher Columbus went looking for a westward route from Europe to the spice trade in China and India. To his surprise, there was this whole other land mass…. And, now we know the rest of the story.
In 1990, South Dakota became the first state to swap out Columbus Day and celebrate Native Americans’ Day. Other locations have made the same or similar changes, such as Hawaii’s Discoverers’ Day and South Dakota’s Native Americans’ Day.
As of 2019, 130 cities and eight states had legally changed the holiday, including Washington, D.C. Federally, it’s still known as Columbus Day.
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
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