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Veterans Day 2017: When is it, what’s closed and how is it different from Memorial Day?

Everything you need to know to honor the holiday and also get your errands done.
Veteran's Day 2017
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Although you would never and could never forget the brave men and women who fought for this country, some of whom lost their lives so we can go about ours peacefully and securely, you might have missed that the quieter holiday is already here. The fact that Veterans Day 2017 snuck up on you so quickly and quietly might have you wondering is Veterans Day a national holiday?

So, is Veterans Day a national holiday?

Veterans Day is marked on November 11, which falls on a Saturday this year. And, yes, the holiday which honors former and current members of the U.S. military, which used to be known as Armistice Day, is a national holiday. But when is Veterans Day 2017 observed? That gets a little trickier. You’ll catch the parades on Saturday, but keep an eye on Friday as well.

Is Veterans Day a federal holiday?

Yes, Veterans Day is also a federal holiday. Though it’s easy to assume that this year isn’t marked with federal offices closures since the holiday falls on a Saturday instead of a week day, that’s not quite how it works. Veterans Day 2017 might be a Saturday, but that means the observation as a federal holiday, including office closures, will be today, Friday, November 10.

Veterans Day vs Memorial Day

It’s not uncommon to confuse Veterans Day, which falls in November, with Memorial Day, which falls earlier in the year in May. The difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day is subtle, but significant. While Veterans Day honors the serve of all men and women who have been in the U.S. military, Memorial Day honors and remembers those who lost their lives while serving our country.

Is Veterans Day a bank holiday?

We know you’re wondering are banks open on Veterans Day? Banks indeed have the option to close in order to mark Veterans Day, but that doesn’t mean they all do so. If you plan on doing any banking today, you should call the local branch of your bank and ask if they’re open. Same goes for Saturday, since it’s the actual holiday.

Is the post office open on Veterans Day? Is there mail delivery on Veterans Day?

Since Veterans Day has been recognized as a federal holiday since 1938, the U.S. Postal Service will not be delivering mail today. Post offices will also be closed. Private delivery companies like FedEx and UPS — and, yes, never fear, Amazon — will make their deliveries as usual on Friday and Saturday. Consult the FedEx service guide or the UPS holiday schedule if you’re eagerly awaiting a package and want to double check that its delivery will not be affected.

Is the stock market open on Veterans Day?

Although the financial and stock markets usually observe federal holidays, they will remain open on Veterans Day 2017.

Is the DMV open on Veterans Day?

If you planned on renewing your driver’s license — or getting it — today, we have some bad news. The Department of Motor Vehicles is a state government office, which means it too is closed for the day. You officially have a couple extra days to figure out how you’re going to take a flattering photo for your license when they snap your pic in some seriously unflattering lighting.

What’s closed Veterans Day?

If you planned on heading to a state government office, you’re going to want to reschedule. They’ll all be closed this Friday in observance of Veterans Day. But if your plans for the day and weekend involved other errands and activities like hitting a restaurant, grocery store, or shopping mall, you should be fine. If you’re worried about it, check out the company’s website before you leave home.

 
 
 
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