Some holidays are known for their sales. Labor Day is definitely one of them. But you also know that plenty of stores close to recognize holidays, especially those that fall on long weekends. So how do know which are which? Who has sales and who’s shutting their doors? Don’t worry, we did the work for you. What stores are open on Labor Day? We broke it down.
We did the digging so you can sit back, relax and then attack those sales well rested. The stores are divided below into types to make it easier to find what you’re looking for. Make sure to check each store you plan to hit this weekend, though. Some well-known and beloved stores that you expect would remain open will lock their doors on Monday, so check ahead before you run a pointless errand across town. So, well cut to the chase: what stores are open on Labor Day? We think you'll be pelasantly surprised.
What stores are open on Labor Day?
So, what stores are open on Labor Day? Below is a guide to where you can and cannot shop, drink, dine, ship packages on the upcoming holiday. We’ve let you know where there are big sales happening as well, so you can plan your weekend hours accordingly.
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Are grocery stores open on Labor Day?
Labor Day not only means the end of summer but also parades and barbecues galore. Whether you’re hosting the big bash this year or just bringing your signature dish to a cookout, you’re going to want to know where and when you can stock up. Most big grocery store chains will be open and running their normal hours, but you’ll need to check on regional or family-run supermarkets. But if you’re headed to places like Kroger, Aldi, Publix, Food Lion, or Wegman’s, you can probably count on them being open. If you’re worried, call ahead and check on whether they’ll be shortening their hours at all on the holiday itself.
But you’re probably thinking specifically of big box stores since it’s easy to grab what you need to feed a crowd and decorate for a get-together. We pulled together a guide on is Costco open on Labor Day, since we know it’s many people’s first go-to option. We also did some digging into the Target holiday hours and Walmart holiday hours over the holiday weekend so you can plan which superstore will be your selected destination for last-minute runs on the big day.
Are malls open on Labor Day?
Labor Day weekend is a shopper’s paradise. That means most malls are going to be open and many stores in them will be running sales featuring deep discounts. Department stores will be opening, with some of them running fantastic deals for refreshing your wardrobe for the coming cooler months. Nordstroms, for example, is running a Summer Sale with up to 40% off everything from women’s clothing to home goods through September 9. Even better, their tabletop and kitchen sale features thousands of sleek items that you can grab early and show off at your holiday bash. (We won’t tell that you nabbed them for a steal.)
Are hardware stores open on Labor Day?
Whether you’re wondering, is Home Depot open on Labor Day, or you’re more of an Ace Hardware or Lowes person, this one’s a yes. For any problem that pop up, like your AC breaking on this generally steamy holiday or finding your outdoor grill is on the fritz, you can head on down to one of these locations to find your fix.
Are restaurants open on Labor Day?
Maybe you just want to enjoy a nice meal with your family in the AC instead of standing outside over a hot grill in the humid weather. Restaurants get it. Well, chains at least. You’ll find that most major chains are staying open for the holiday. So if you were eyeing Applebee’s, TGI Friday’s, Texas Roadhouse, Denny’s, Outback Steakhouse, Chili’s, P.F. Chang’s, Red Lobster or The Cheesecake Factory, you’re in luck. Just make sure to call the location ahead of time if you plan to go in the later hours. Some locations might be shutting down service a couple hours early for the holiday weekend.
Are fast food restaurants open on Labor Day?
Just because it’s a holiday doesn’t mean your cravings for McDonald’s fries quits. So, is McDonald’s open on Labor Day? Yes! As is Burger King, Wendy’s, Hardee's, Carl’s Jr, Taco Bell and pretty much any other you can think of.
Some chains are exceptions, though. We know fan favorites include Chick-fil-A and Chipotle, but both of these restaurants aren’t open on Monday, September 3. Make sure you know both the Chipotle holiday hours and whether you’ll find Chick-fil-A open on Labor Day before you head out to hit the drive-thru.
Where can I buy booze on Labor Day?
As we mentioned, most chain grocery stores will be open over the long weekend and on Labor Day itself. You should be able to grab extra beer and wine at least from most of these locations, in addition to the big box stores that are open. But if you want to head somewhere with a larger selection, check out our guide about whether liquor stores are open on Labor Day.
Are coffee shops open on Labor Day?
Again, this depends on the cafe. If your favorite coffee shop is part of a larger chain, it should be open and running standard hours on Labor Day. Perhaps select locations will have slightly shortened hours, but a quick phone call will settle that. If it’s a small shop, call ahead now and ask. Some owners want their staff to have the holiday off and will be closing their doors.
We know, we know, you’re wondering about the fan favorite chains. We dug specifically into the Dunkin Donuts holiday hours and whether you’ll find Starbucks open on Labor Day so you could get your caffeine hit before the parade and the big evening bash.